Definite article in English, usable for nouns of any number or in any position in the sentence (subject, direct object, indirect object, etc.). It indicates that the following noun is a certain particular noun (or nouns) rather than just anything of its sort.
The thief stole the bike. The President of the United States sucks.
by Eric February 04, 2003
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a common mispelling of teh.
by DarkSkies April 24, 2005
Feasibly one of the most difficult words in the english language to define plainly and simply, particularly without using it in the definition.
The word the is really hard to define.
by Corny Collins October 17, 2006
Paragraph seven, sentence three, word eight of the Geneva Convention.
Well, according to paragraph 7, sentence 3, word 8 of the Geneva Convention... "The"
– Peter Griffin, Family Guy
by Voodoo! November 30, 2006
1. a. Used before singular or plural nouns and noun phrases that denote particular, specified persons or things.
b. Used before a noun, and generally stressed, to emphasize one of a group or type as the most outstanding or prominent.
c. Used to indicate uniqueness.
d. Used before nouns that designate natural phenomena or points of the compass.
e. Used as the equivalent of a possessive adjective before names of some parts of the body.
f. Used before a noun specifying a field of endeavor.
g. Used before a proper name, as of a monument or ship.
h. Used before the plural form of a numeral denoting a specific decade of a century or of a life span.
i. Used before a singular noun indicating that the noun is generic.

2. a. Used before an adjective extending it to signify a class and giving it the function of a noun.
b. Used before an absolute adjective.
c. Used before a present participle, signifying the action in the abstract.
d. Used before a noun with the force of per.
1a: the baby; the dress I wore.
1b: considered Lake Shore Drive to be the neighborhood to live in these days.
1c. the Prince of Wales; the moon.
1d. the weather; a wind from the south.
1e. grab him by the neck; an infection of the hand.
1f. the law; the film industry; the stage.
1g. the Alamo; the Titanic.
1h. rural life in the Thirties.
1i. The wolf is an endangered species.
2a. the rich; the dead; the homeless.
2b. the best we can offer.
2c. the weaving of rugs.
2d. cherries at $1.50 the box.
by Lisa Garland May 23, 2003
French for tea. What do you mean I need at least 20 letters?
Cor blimey gov'nor, strike-a-light. I dahn't arf fahncy a steam tug of the.
by Chris Land May 04, 2005
The first, thirteenth, seventeenth and twenty-first word of this sentence and the second word for the acronym WTF (What the fuck?.
Chad: It turned out Perry was gay after all.
Tim: WTF? (What the fuck?)
by Aristarkus January 11, 2009
A word that comes before other words.
Jess: What are you doing this weekend?
Austin: I'm going to the mall.
by jatkins May 06, 2007

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