His Definition

Used as a modifier before a noun.
His boots; his plans.
American Heritage
Of, belonging to, made by, or done by him.
His Grace, His Highness.
Webster's New World
Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to him.
If you can't find your hat, take his.
American Heritage
That or those belonging to him.
That book is his; his are better; I am a friend of his.
Webster's New World
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.

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

The decision was his to live with.

Origin of His

  • 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

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

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

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