- The definition of his is belonging to or done by him.
An example of his used as an adjective is in the phrase "His Royal Majesty," which means that he is the Royal Majesty.
- His is defined as the possessive form of he.
An example of the use of his as a pronoun is in the following sentence, "Ken loves to read; The Scarlet Letter is his favorite novel," which means that The Scarlet Letter is Ken's favorite novel.
Origin of hisMiddle English ; from OE, genitive masculine and amp; neuter of he
adjectiveThe possessive form of he1.
pron.(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Origin of hisMiddle English, from Old English; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]
- 1611, Matthew 5:13, King James Version:
- Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
- (archaic) Used as a genitive marker in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in sg, to express the possessive case. [from 11th c.]
- Ahab his mark for Ahab's mark.
- 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.
From Middle English, from Old English his (“his, its”), from Proto-Germanic *hes (“of this”), genitive of *hiz (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this”). Cognate with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic hans (“his”). More at he.
- Belonging to God.