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whose

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adjective \ ˈhüz , üz \

Definition of whose

: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

Examples of whose in a Sentence

  1. 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 LodgeThe Art of Fiction1992
  2. 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 WarrenJefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back1980
  3. He was a flamboyant, excited person whose eyes darted here and there, like a child's, afraid of what they might miss. —E. L. DoctorowRagtime1974

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Origin and Etymology of whose

Middle English whos, genitive of who, what


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whose

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pronoun, singular or plural in construction \ ˈhüz , üz \

Definition of whose

: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

  1. 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 LeavittTravel & LeisureMay 2000
  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of whose

see 1whose


WHOSE Defined for English Language Learners

whose

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adjective

Definition of whose for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

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whose

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adjective \ ˈhüz \

Definition of whose for Students

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

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whose

pronoun

Definition of whose for Students

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


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