There are 2 main definitions of us in English:

Share this entry

us 1

Pronunciation: /əs/


[first person plural]
1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people as the object of a verb or preposition: let us know we asked him to come with us both of us Compare with we.
1.1Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”: it’s us or them they are richer than us
1.2North American informal To or for ourselves: we got us some good hunting
2 informal Me: give us a kiss


Is it correct to say they are richer than us, or is it better to say they are richer than we (are)? See personal pronoun (usage) and than.



one of us

A person recognized as an accepted member of a particular group, typically one that is exclusive in some way.
Example sentences
  • Surely this is what every one of us would want for future generations who are going to live, work and play in the town.
  • But it was no problem for one of us to pop down to a shop close by and buy some for ourselves.
  • When the first dolphin jumped out of the water I don't think there was a single one of us who didn't cry out.

us and them (or them and us)

Expressing a sense of division within a group of people: negotiations were hampered by an “us and them” attitude between management and unions
More example sentences
  • It immediately removes the sense of us and them, the bunker-like mentality which so often exists.
  • He misled the trust board, his management style was perceived as ‘autocratic,’ and he was part of the ‘club culture which fostered a sense of them and us.’
  • I'd tried so hard to unite us as a family and felt this was destroyed within an instant - it was us and them and they liked it that way.


Old English ūs, accusative and dative of we, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ons and German uns.

Words that rhyme with us

bus, buss, concuss, cuss, fuss, Gus, huss, muss, plus, pus, Russ, sus, suss, thus, truss

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: us

Share this entry

There are 2 main definitions of us in English:

Share this entry

US 2

Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞o ˈes/


1 (also U.S.) United States.
2British Undersecretary.
3British informal Unserviceable; useless.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: US

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.