whose

adjective
\ ˈhüz How to pronounce whose (audio) , 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 How to pronounce whose (audio) , 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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For doctors trying to help patients whose brains were damaged or diseased, MRI provided an invaluable snapshot of their condition. Jerry Kaplan, WSJ, "The Machines That Will Read Your Mind," 5 Apr. 2019 Vodianova was moved to action by witnessing the plight of her own sister Oksana, who has cerebral palsy and autism and whose needs at the time were not adequately met by her country’s existing infrastructure. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Giambattista Valli, Zac Posen, Imaan Hammam, and More Attended Natalia Vodianova’s Lavish Love Ball Arabia," 3 Apr. 2019 Since autism comes in several subtypes, connect with parents whose kids are like yours. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things Parents of Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder Wish You Knew," 1 Apr. 2019 It was first codified by British scientific legend Michael Faraday, whose two laws of electrolysis from 1834 still guide scientists today. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Now Transforming Saltwater Into Hydrogen Fuel," 20 Mar. 2019 Back in Stefanik's office, the proverbial political elephant in the room, of course, is President Trump, whose name was scarcely mentioned at the E-PAC kickoff event in January. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 But with its tremendous growth has come intense debate, particularly among members of the trans community whose beliefs about passing are varied and fraught. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 These three all have one thing—or person—in common: Nolan Hotchkiss (Chris Mason), a conniving, chiseled sociopath whose family basically owns BHU. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I Never Thought I’d Love the Pretty Little Liars Spin-off More Than the Original, but Here We Are," 20 Mar. 2019 Particularly, Sterling remembers one fan whose message proved to him just how important playing Randall is in moving the conversation forward. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sterling K. Brown Is Embracing Every Emotion That Comes With Playing Randall," 19 Mar. 2019

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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 and Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English whos, genitive of who, what

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whose

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of whose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of whose (Entry 2 of 2)

: that or those belonging to a person

whose

adjective
\ ˈhüz How to pronounce whose (audio) \

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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