Definition of his in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪz/

possessive determiner

1Belonging to or associated with a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified: James sold his business
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  • It was truly kind of the hairdresser to come to my house with his bonny male assistant.
  • Columbus is said to have identified his star the moment he saw the cover of the video.
  • He could not feel his legs and had to be helped up by his girlfriend and a male friend.
1.1Belonging to or associated with a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use chiefly replaced by ‘his or her’ or ‘their’): any child with delayed speech should have his hearing checked See he (usage).
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  • The world and his dog was trying to persuade me to come to the Christmas party tonight.
2 (His) Used in titles: His Excellency His Lordship
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  • The head teacher was invited to Highgrove to meet His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
  • However, His Holiness never failed to lead the Tibetan government and its people.
  • Mr Walker received his award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent himself.

possessive pronoun

Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with a male person or animal previously mentioned: he took my hand in his some friends of his
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  • Yes, he might appear distant and archaic but he is the heir to the throne and one day it will be his.


his and hers

(Of matching items) for husband and wife, or men and women: his and hers towels
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  • And I was passed by a French Canadian couple in matching his and hers plaid shirts.
  • She had already won a programmable microwave oven and matching his and hers bathrobes, and was about to go for the big prize.
  • The two unique grids, his and hers, are separate but equal in their intricacy and power.


Old English, genitive singular form of he, 'he' and hit 'it'.

Words that rhyme with his

biz, Cadíz, Cadiz, fizz, frizz, gee-whiz, is, Liz, Ms, phiz, quiz, squiz, swizz, tizz, viz, whizz, wiz, zizz

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