Meaning of GENITIVE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈje-nə-tiv ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Latin genetivus, genitivus, literally, of generation (erroneous translation of Greek genikos genitive), from genitus

Date: 14th century

1. : of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical case marking typically a relationship of possessor or source — compare possessive

2. : expressing a relationship that in some inflected languages is often marked by a genitive case — used especially of English prepositional phrases introduced by of

• genitive noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.