Definition of anaphor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈænəfə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænəfər//
; BrE BrE//ˈænəfɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænəfɔːr//
(grammar) Linguistic devices
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a word or phrase that refers back to an earlier word or phrase. For example, in the phrase ‘My mother said she was leaving’, ‘she’ is used as an anaphor for ‘my mother’. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin1970s: back-formation from anaphora.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: anaphor