Etymology 1



Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]

(dated) Belonging to a person of unspecified gender.

(obsolete) Its; belonging to it. (Now only when implying personification.) [11th-17th c.]

(archaic) Used as a genitive marker in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in -s, to express the possessive case. [from 11th c.]

Usage notes

• When followed by a noun, it is sometimes referred to as a possessive adjective, qualifying the following noun. It is, however, the possessive case of the personal pronoun he.

• (fourth sense) See



That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.

Alternative spelling of His

Etymology 2



plural of hi


• -ish, IHS, Ish, Shi, ish, shi


His possessive pronoun

Honorific alternative letter-case form of his, sometimes used when referring to God or another important figure who is understood from context.


• -ish, IHS, Ish, Shi, ish, shi

Source: Wiktionary

His, pron. Etym: [AS. his of him, his, gen. masc. & neut. of h, neut. hit. See He.]

1. Belonging or pertaining to him; -- used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; as, tell John his papers are ready; formerly used also for its, but this use is now obsolete. No comfortable star did lend his light. Shak. Who can impress the forest, bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root Shak.

Note: Also formerly used in connection with a noun simply as a sign of the possessive. "The king his son." Shak. "By young Telemachus his blooming years." Pope. This his is probably a corruption of the old possessive ending -is or -es, which, being written as a separate word, was at length confounded with the pronoun his.

2. The possessive of he; as, the book is his. "The sea is his, and he made it." Ps. xcv. 5.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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