\ same as -'s \

Definition of 's

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : is she's here
b : was when's the last time you ate?
2 : has he's seen them
3 : does what's he want?


\ s \

Definition of 's (Entry 2 of 3)

: us used with let let's


noun suffix or pronoun suffix
\ s, after voiceless consonants other than s, sh, ch; z, after vowels and voiced consonants other than z, zh, j; əz, after s, sh, ch, z, zh, j \

Definition of -'s (Entry 3 of 3)

used to form the possessive of singular nouns boy's , of plural nouns not ending in s children's , of some pronouns anyone's , and of word groups functioning as nouns the man in the corner's hat or pronouns someone else's

First Known Use of 's


1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 's


contraction of is, has, does


by contraction

Noun suffix or pronoun suffix

Middle English -es, -s, genitive singular ending, from Old English -es; akin to Old High German -es, genitive singular ending, Greek -oio, -ou, Sanskrit -asya

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“'s.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%27s. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of 's

used as a contraction of is, was, has, and does


noun suffix or pronoun suffix

Kids Definition of -'s

used to form the possessive of singular nouns elephant's , of plural nouns not ending in s children's , and of some pronouns anyone's


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