Definition of whose in English:


Syllabification: whose
Pronunciation: /ho͞oz

determiner & pronoun

  • Belonging to or associated with which person: [as adjective]: whose round is it? [as pronoun]: a minivan was parked at the curb and Juliet wondered whose it was
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    • It is time for Mr Wills to decide whose side he is on, the University of Bath or the people of Swindon.
    • We also tried to follow it and knocked on doors to see whose it was, also to no avail.


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  • Of whom or which (used to indicate that the following noun belongs to or is associated with the person or thing mentioned in the previous clause): he’s a man whose opinion I respect
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    • I knew a man whose idea of following fashion was to change his underwear once a season.
    • This provoked outrage in the industry and among those whose branch line was set for the chop.
    • It hopes to give people whose opinions are rarely heard the chance to tell their story.


Old English hwæs, genitive of hwā 'who' and hwæt 'what'.


On the differences in use between whose and who’s, see who’s (usage).

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