reflexive pronoun


: a pronoun referring to the subject of the sentence, clause, or verbal phrase in which it stands
specifically : a personal pronoun compounded with -self

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reflexive pronoun was in 1867

Dictionary Entries Near reflexive pronoun

Cite this Entry

“Reflexive pronoun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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