whose

adjective
\ˈhüz, üz\

Definition of whose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to whom or which especially as possessor or possessors whose gorgeous vesture heaps the ground— Robert Browning , agent or agents the law courts, whose decisions were important— F. L. Mott , or object or objects of an action the first poem whose publication he ever sanctioned— J. W. Krutch

\ˈhüz, üz\

Definition of whose (Entry 2 of 2)

: that which belongs to whom used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective whose tell me whose it was— William Shakespeare

Examples of whose in a Sentence

Adjective

The granddaddy of all metafictional novels was Tristram Shandy, whose narrator's dialogues with his imaginary readers are only one of many ways in which Sterne foregrounds the gap between art and life that conventional realism seeks to conceal. — David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, 1992 In early times when I sat with my grandfather … I was puzzled about the relation between the Davis who had lived in a world of great events and my Old Jeff, whose name had entered into the common speech of the region … — Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back, 1980 He was a flamboyant, excited person whose eyes darted here and there, like a child's, afraid of what they might miss. — E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, 1974

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Though life here is a dangerous business for olive trees, in summer the children roam the streets alone, and well into the night. Everyone knows whose are whose, and keeps an eye out. — David Leavitt, Travel & Leisure, May 2000 And now for the Ignorance and Folly which he reproaches us with, let us see (if we are Fools and Ignoramus's) whose is the Fault, the Men's or our's. — Benjamin Franklin 28 May 1722, in Benjamin Franklin Writings1987

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Chudoba’s attorney, Francis Teodosio of Shelton, argues that the city was negligent for not putting up safety netting to protect spectators whose seats are close enough to be at risk. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Spectator Sues Bristol Blues Over Injury From Broken Bat," 14 July 2018 The group voicing the most concerns: Americans whose incomes rank in the top third of all households. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Dips Due to Tariff Concerns," 13 July 2018 Women who are diagnosed with chlamydia and whose symptoms don’t go away with standard antibiotic treatment may want to ask their doctors about other causes for their symptoms, Manhart adds. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium? British Doctors Are Warning That This Sexually Transmitted Infection Could Be the Next Big Superbug," 11 July 2018 Critics have charged the faster-flying F-35 pilot, whose visibility from the cockpit is inferior to the A-10’s, would have a difficult time picking out targets on the ground—especially one hiding among buildings, behind trees, and in rough terrain. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 The spotlight has been on 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in Russia, whose electric pace and skill lit up the tournament. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title," 10 July 2018 The camp, whose notable alums include New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and over 100 current NFL players, is attended yearly by 4- and 5-star recruits. Jake Caccavaro, BostonGlobe.com, "For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff," 13 July 2018 Such was the case at Pinnacle Foods Inc., whose products include Healthy Choice frozen meals. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Activist Investors Turn Up Heat in Drive for Returns," 12 July 2018 Rogers is in a partnership with Rock Libations, formed by restarauteurs Joshua Babb and Sean Clavir, whose restaurants include Musume in downtown Dallas, Shooters in Victory Park, and Prohibition Chicken in Lewisville. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of whose

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whose

Adjective

Middle English whos, genitive of who, what

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see whose entry 1

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whose

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of whose

—used in questions to ask who owns something, has something, etc.

—used to show which person or thing you are talking about

—used to give more information about a person or thing that has already been mentioned

whose

adjective
\ˈhüz \

Kids Definition of whose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to whom or which Whose bag is it? This is the book whose cover is torn.

whose

pronoun

Kids Definition of whose (Entry 2 of 2)

: that or those belonging to whom Let me know whose are chosen.

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