\ 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 letlet'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 nounsboy's , of plural nouns not ending in schildren's , of some pronounsanyone's , and of word groups functioning as nounsthe man in the corner's hat or pronounssomeone 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 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 nounselephant's , of plural nouns not ending in schildren's , and of some pronounsanyone's

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