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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