's

verb
\ 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

pronoun
\ s \

Definition of 's (Entry 2 of 3)

: us used with let let's

-'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

Verb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 's

Verb

contraction of is, has, does

Pronoun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About 's

Dictionary Entries Near 's

-'s

's

's Gravenhage

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for 's

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for 's

's

verb

English Language Learners Definition of 's

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

-'s

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!