| Definition - A word that can be used as a substitute for either a noun or a noun phrase.
Note: Some types of pronouns are:
1. demonstrative pronouns (this, that, these, those)
2. personal pronouns (I, you, he, she)
3. interrogative pronouns (who, what, where, when)
4. reflexive pronouns (myself, himself)
5. relative pronouns (who, which, that)
6. possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his)
7. distributive pronoun (each, every, either, neither)
Etymology - The word derives from the Latin pronomen (from the Latin pro, in place of + nomen, name or noun). The Latin term was coined as a loan translation of the Greek antonymia.
Oxford English Dictionary - Its first citation is from 1530:
"Pronownes be suche as, standynge in the stede of substantives, may governe verbes to be of lyke nombre and parson with them."
(Jehan Palsgrave, Lesclarcissement de la langue françoyse, 74 )