Meaning of demonstrative pronoun in English:

demonstrative pronoun


  • A pronoun used to indicate its referent's location (spatially, temporally, or abstractly) in relation to the discourse context (as, in English, this, that, these, those, in, for example, that is my hat); (formerly also more generally) †a pronoun or other word used to indicate the person or thing referred to (as, for example, a personal pronoun or a determiner) (obsolete).


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Linacre (?1460–1524), humanist scholar and physician.