he

pronoun
\ ˈhē , ē \

Definition of he 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer he is my father — compare him, his, it, she, they

2 used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified he that hath ears to hear, let him hear —Matthew 11:15 (King James Version)one should do the best he can

\ ˈhē \

Definition of he (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a male person or animal

2 : one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal usually used in combination that's what I call he-literature —Sinclair Lewis

\ ˈhā \

Definition of he (Entry 3 of 5)

: the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

He

symbol

Definition of He (Entry 4 of 5)

helium

Definition of HE (Entry 5 of 5)

1 Her Excellency; His Excellency

2 high efficiency

3 high explosive

4 His Eminence

First Known Use of he

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for he

Pronoun

Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old English hēo she, hit it, Old High German he, Latin cis, citra on this side, Greek ekeinos that person

Noun (2)

Hebrew hē'

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he

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English Language Learners Definition of he

: that male

: that person

he

pronoun
\ ˈhē , ē \

Kids Definition of he

1 : that male one Ask your brother if he wants to go.

2 : that person or one

Hint: This sense is used in a general way when the sex of the person is unknown.
Tell whoever is yelling that he should stop.

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Medical Definition of He 

helium

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