What are compound proper nouns?

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A compound noun is a noun made up of two or more words that form a noun with a meaning of its own.
A proper noun is the name or title of a specific person, place, or thing.


There are three types of compound nouns :

  • closed (football, bathtub, highway, etc.)
  • hyphenated (mother-in-law, t-shirt, x-ray, etc.)
  • open spaced (paint brush, ice cream, school bus, etc.)

Examples of compound, proper nouns :

  • Nelson Mandela
  • South Africa
  • Eiffel Tower

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • Cheez-It (crackers)

  • Longfellow (American poet)

  • Queensland, Australia

  • "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell