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ADNOMINAL. In contemporary GRAMMAR, a word or phrase that modifies a NOUN and forms part of a noun phrase. Adnominals may precede or follow their nouns: ‘her new house’, ‘the little red book’, ‘a library book’, ‘the manager's book’, ‘a book about dinosaurs’, ‘a book to read’, ‘a book (that) I've been meaning to read’. See RELATIVE CLAUSE.