his

adjective
\ (h)iz, ˌhiz How to pronounce his (audio) \

Definition of his

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to him or himself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action his house his writings his confirmation — compare he entry 1
\ ˈhiz How to pronounce his (audio) \

Definition of his (Entry 2 of 2)

: that which belongs to him used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective his

Examples of his in a Sentence

Adjective He bought his own house. His house is out in the country. He sat quietly at his desk. I would like to read some of his essays. He was jailed for three years for his crime. It's his turn to play. See More

First Known Use of his

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for his

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English, genitive of he

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Time Traveler for his

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

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Cite this Entry

“His.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/his. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for his

his

adjective
\ hiz How to pronounce his (audio) , iz \

Kids Definition of his

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or belonging to a certain man, boy, or male animal his desk his tail

his

pronoun
\ ˈhiz How to pronounce his (audio) \

Kids Definition of his (Entry 2 of 2)

: that which belongs to him The book is his.

His

abbreviation

Medical Definition of His

histidine; histidyl

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