An adjective is a word that modifies a noun (or pronoun) to make it more specific: a "rotten" egg, a "cloudy" day, a "lovely" lady, or a "tall," "cool" glass of water.

You use adjectives to give your nouns a little attitude or to communicate clearly. Without these important parts of speech, the president would live in The House, it would be difficult to give someone directions to the store, and there would only be one size available at Starbucks.

Definitions of adjective
  1. noun
    the word class that qualifies nouns
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    type of:
    major form class
    any of the major parts of speech of traditional grammar
  2. noun
    a word that expresses an attribute of something
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    descriptive adjective, qualifying adjective
    an adjective that ascribes to its noun the value of an attribute of that noun (e.g., `a nervous person' or `a musical speaking voice')
    classifying adjective, relational adjective
    an adjective that classifies its noun (e.g., `a nervous disease' or `a musical instrument')
    positive, positive degree
    the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
    comparative, comparative degree
    the comparative form of an adjective or adverb
    superlative, superlative degree
    the superlative form of an adjective or adverb
    meaning relating to or pertaining to
    type of:
    modifier, qualifier
    a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
  3. adjective
    of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
    “an adjective clause”
    synonyms: adjectival
  4. adjective
    relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
    adjective law”
    synonyms: procedural
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    essential, substantive
    defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
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