- The definition of their is a person or thing that belongs to or was made by them.
- An example of their is a sister of two siblings.
- An example of their is a book written by two authors.
possessive pronominal adjective
of, belonging to, made by, or done by them: also used before some formal titles [Their Majesties]: often used in connection with a preceding singular pronoun (as everybody, somebody, everyone): did everybody finish their lunch?
Origin of theirMiddle English theyr ; from Old Norse theirra, genitive plural of the demonstrative pronoun replacing Middle English here, Old English hira: see they
adjectiveThe possessive form of they.
- Used as a modifier before a noun: their accomplishments; their home town.
- Usage Problem His, her, or its: “It is fatal for anyone who writes to think of their sex” (Virginia Woolf). See Usage Notes at he 1, they .
Origin of theirMiddle English, from Old Norse theira, theirs; see to- in Indo-European roots.
- (possessive) Belonging to, from, of, or relating to, them.
- they will meet tomorrow at their convenience; this is probably their cat
- (possessive) Belonging to someone of unspecified gender.
- For notes on the usage referring to a person of unspecified gender, see the usage notes for they.
- It is important to distinguish â€œtheirâ€ from â€œthereâ€ and â€œtheyâ€™reâ€. â€œTheirâ€ signifies ownership. â€œThereâ€ designates a place (compare here). â€œTheyâ€™reâ€ means â€œthey areâ€.
- It should also be noted that this is an exception of the "I before E, except after C" rule, as the combination of "ei" in the middle of the word is not after a "c".
From Middle English, form Old Norse.