singular or plural in construction
: that which belongs to us
used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective our

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ours was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near ours

Cite this Entry

“Ours.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pronoun singular or plural
: that which belongs to us
your yard is big and ours is small

More from Merriam-Webster on ours

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!