Definition of certain pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɜːtn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrtn//
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certain of… (formal) used for talking about some members of a group of people or things without giving their names Certain of those present were unwilling to discuss the matter further. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, based on Latin certus ‘settled, sure’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: certain