- 1denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge:what’s the matter? call the doctor the phone rangCompare with a1.
Old English (Northumbrian and North Mercian dialects) thē; related to Dutch de, dat, and German der, die, das
The article the is usually pronounced /T͟Hə/ before a consonant sound (please pass the potatoes) and /T͟Hē/ before a vowel sound (please pass the asparagus). Regardless of consonant and vowel sounds, when the desired effect following the is to emphasize exclusivity, the pronunciation is /T͟Hē/: she’s not just any expert in vegetation management, she’s the expert.