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

BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkət//
 
(grammar) a part of a sentence containing a verb that makes a statement about the subject of the verb, such as went home in John went home. compare object
Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin praedicatum ‘something declared’, neuter of praedicatus ‘declared, proclaimed’, past participle of the verb praedicare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + dicare ‘make known’.
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