pron.Chiefly Southern US
- Many Southerners argue that you all or y'all is never properly used in the singular, but only when there is an implied plural (e.g. "you and your team" or "you and your family").
- Others suggest that you all or y'all is used to address either more than one person, or one person whom the speaker does not know personally or well, or who is much older or as a sign of respect for the person's position or seniority, and that y'all may also be used even for a single person the speaker knows well but in a formal environment such as a classroom or town meeting. This usage would be consistent with the French usage of vous.
- The form y'all is heard primarily in the Southern United States, and nationwide in AAVE, while youse is heard primarily in various parts of the Northern United States, particularly Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
- Notwithstanding its etymology, the all in y'all is merely a plural marker, not a quantifier. Thus, just as us may refer either to some of us or all of us in standard English, y'all may refer either to some of y'all or to all [of] y'all.
Contraction of you all.