who


who

pronoun \ˈhü, ü\

: what or which person or people

—used to question a person's character or authority

—used after a noun or pronoun to show which group of people you are talking about

Full Definition of WHO

1
:  what or which person or persons —used as an interrogative <who was elected?> <find out who they are> —used by speakers on all educational levels and by many reputable writers, though disapproved by some grammarians, as the object of a verb or a following preposition <who did I see but a Spanish lady — Padraic Colum> <do not know who the message is from — G. K. Chesterton>
2
:  the person or persons that :  whoever
3
—used as a function word to introduce a relative clause ; used especially in reference to persons <my father, who was a lawyer> but also in reference to groups <a generation who had known nothing but war — R. B. West> or to animals <dogs who…fawn all over tramps — Nigel Balchin> or to inanimate objects especially with the implication that the reference is really to a person <earlier sources who maintain a Davidic ancestry — F. M. Cross> ; used by speakers on all educational levels and by many reputable writers, though disapproved by some grammarians, as the object of a verb or a following preposition <a character who we are meant to pity — Times Literary Supplement>
See Usage Discussion at whom, that
as who
archaic :  as one that :  as if someone
as who should say
archaic :  so to speak
who is who or who's who or who was who
:  the identity of or the noteworthy facts about each of a number of persons

Origin of WHO

Middle English, from Old English hwā; akin to Old High German hwer, interrog. pron., who, Latin quis, Greek tis, Latin qui, relative pron., who
First Known Use: before 12th century

WHO

abbreviation

Definition of WHO

World Health Organization

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