We Definition

Used by the speaker or writer to indicate the speaker or writer along with another or others as the subject.
We made it to the lecture hall on time. We are planning a trip to Arizona this winter.
American Heritage
The persons speaking or writing, or the persons on whose behalf someone is speaking or writing.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Used to refer to people in general, including the speaker or writer.
American Heritage
Used instead of I, especially by a writer wishing to reduce or avoid a subjective tone.
American Heritage
  • she and I
  • they and I
  • he and I
  • us
  • you and I
Webster's New World
The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
We Canadians like to think of ourselves as different.

Origin of We

  • From Middle English, from Old English wÄ“ (“we"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«z, *wiz (“we"), from Proto-Indo-European *wéy (“we (plural)"). Cognate with Scots wee, we (“we"), North Frisian we (“we"), West Frisian wy (“we"), Low German wi (“we"), Dutch we, wij (“we"), German wir (“we"), Danish, Swedish and Norwegian vi (“we"), Icelandic vér, við (“we").

    From Wiktionary

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

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