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 object <she considers herself lucky> <she herself did it> <herself an orphan, she understood the situation> <accepted the award for her colleagues and herself> — compare 1she
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.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of herself
before 12th century
HERSELF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of herself for English Language Learners
: that same woman, girl, or female animal:
—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
HERSELF Defined for Kids
Definition of herself for Students
: her own self <She hurt herself.> <She herself did it.>
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