any member of a class of words that can function as the main or only elements of subjects of verbs (A dog just barked), or of objects of verbs or prepositions (to send money from home), and that in English can take plural forms and possessive endings (Three of his buddies want to borrow John's laptop). Nouns are often described as referring to persons, places, things, states, or qualities, and the word noun is itself often used as an attributive modifier, as in noun compound; noun group. See also noun adjunct, noun clause, noun phrase. Synonyms: substantive, name.
a word or group of words that refers to a person, place, or thing or any syntactically similar word (as modifier): a noun phrase Abbreviation N, n, related adjective nominal