Meaning of ATTRIBUTE in English



Pronunciation: ' a-tr ə - ˌ byüt

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere to attribute, from ad- + tribuere to bestow ― more at TRIBUTE

Date: 14th century

1 : an inherent characteristic also : an accidental quality

2 : an object closely associated with or belonging to a specific person, thing, or office <a scepter is the attribute of power> especially : such an object used for identification in painting or sculpture

3 : a word ascribing a quality especially : ADJECTIVE

synonyms see QUALITY

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