His definition

hĭz
That or those belonging to him.

That book is his; his are better; I am a friend of his.

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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.

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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.

adjective
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Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]
pronoun
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(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.

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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?

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

The decision was his to live with.

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Belonging to God.
pronoun
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Used as a modifier before a noun.

His boots; his plans.

adjective
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Of, belonging to, made by, or done by him.

His Grace, His Highness.

possessive pronominal adjective
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Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to him.

If you can't find your hat, take his.

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Origin of his

  • Middle English from Old English ko- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary