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

     

    declension

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//dɪˈklenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklenʃn//
     
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  1. 1[countable] a set of nouns, adjectives or pronouns that change in the same way to show case, number and gender See related entries: Grammar
  2. 2[uncountable] the way in which some sets of nouns, adjectives and pronouns change their form or endings to show case, number or gender See related entries: Grammar
  3. Word Origin late Middle English declinson, from Old French declinaison, from decliner ‘to decline’. The change in the ending was probably due to association with words such as ascension.
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