her·​self | \ (h)ər-ˈself How to pronounce herself (audio) , Southern also -ˈsef \

Definition of herself

1 : that identical female one used reflexively, for emphasis, in absolute constructions, and in place of her especially when joined to another objectshe considers herself luckyshe herself did itherself an orphan, she understood the situationaccepted the award for her colleagues and herself — compare she entry 1
2 : her normal, healthy, or sane condition or self
3 chiefly Ireland and Scotland : a woman of consequence especially : the mistress of the house

Examples of herself in a Sentence

She was herself again after a good night's sleep. She's not herself today; something's bothering her.

First Known Use of herself

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

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The first known use of herself was before the 12th century

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“Herself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herself. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herself

used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned
used for emphasis to refer again to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned
: her normal or healthy self


her·​self | \ hər-ˈself How to pronounce herself (audio) , ər- \

Kids Definition of herself

: her own self She hurt herself. She herself did it.

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