Definition of subordinate clause noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


subordinate clause

BrE BrE//səˌbɔːdɪnət ˈklɔːz//
; NAmE NAmE//səˌbɔːrdɪnət ˈklɔːz//
(also dependent clause) (grammar)
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a group of words that is not a sentence but adds information to the main part of a sentence, for example when it rang in She answered the phone when it rang. compare coordinate clause, main clause
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subordinate clause