Word Category Abbreviations


Here is a list of all word category abbreviations in the dictionary, and what they mean:


adj adjective describes a noun; agrees with the noun in number
adv adverb describes a verb
con connector joins clauses or phrases
dem demonstrative points to a particular noun
exp expression greeting or other word that stands alone as a sentence
v.n.l location verbal


a verb used as a location of the action
n noun a person, animal, place, thing, or idea
n.pl plural noun a grammatically plural noun that does not have a singular
n.sg singular noun a grammatically singular noun that does not have a plural
num number word that tells the actual amount of a noun
v.n.per person verbal noun a verb used as person doing the action
con.pos possessor connector introduces a possessor of a possessed noun
prep preposition introduces a noun or noun phrase
pron.obj object pronoun a substitute for a noun receiving the action
pron.poss possessor


a substitute for a noun possessing another noun
pron.prep prepositional


a substitute for a noun introduced by a preposition
pron.sub subject pronoun a substitute for a noun doing the action
quan quantity tells the amount of a thing or person
ques question word asks a question
rel relative connector introduces a phrase or clause that describes or identifies a noun
v.n.tol tool verbal noun a verb used as an object doing the action
v verb an action, motion, state, change, equal sign
v.dep dependent verb a verb in a dependent clause
v.inf infinitive verb a verb following another verb or used as a action noun
v.inf.cont infinitive continuous verb an infinitive verb with continuous action
v.i intranstive verb a verb that cannot have an object
v.t transitive verb a verb that can have an object which receives the action