personal pronoun


: a pronoun (such as I, you, or they) that expresses a distinction of person

Examples of personal pronoun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Musk himself often jokes about the use of personal pronouns on his Twitter account—a dig against the trans community. Scott Nover, Quartz, 21 June 2023 In Arizona in particular, legislators have targeted everything from personal pronouns and who uses what restroom, to public drag shows and the banning of books. Fernando Cervantes Jr., The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2023 While many transgender people use ‘he/him’ and ‘she/her’ pronouns, others — including nonbinary, agender or gender-fluid people — use ‘they/them’ as a gender-neutral singular personal pronoun. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The company has also created personal pronoun pins that employees can choose to wear with their uniforms. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Do any of your teachers ever ask students for their personal pronouns? Jeremy Engle, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 For example, people exhibiting symptoms of depression tend to use personal pronouns, like I, much more than do non-depressed people. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, 3 Mar. 2020 The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313% increase in look-ups on the company's search site,, this year when compared with 2018. CBS News, 10 Dec. 2019 Use numbers and personal pronouns to engage your reader Email marketing is engagement marketing. Maria Semple, NBC News, 18 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of personal pronoun was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Personal pronoun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

personal pronoun

: a pronoun (as I, you, or they) used as a substitute for a noun that names a definite person or thing
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