Definition of his in English:


possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

    ‘James sold his business’
    • ‘It was truly kind of the hairdresser to come to my house with his bonny male assistant.’
    • ‘No mention is made of the fact that it was his knot that slipped in the first place.’
    • ‘At least he's starting to do most of his business on the paper strewn all over the place.’
    • ‘We got him as an adult dog and I think he may have been mistreated by his previous owner.’
    • ‘What's more remarkable is that not much else was found in either his car or his house.’
    • ‘What good is it for one man to have millions while people starve on his front stoop?’
    • ‘He also has a clear view of where he wants to take his business, and it is my role to help him get there.’
    • ‘He is acutely aware that his wife may not have taken to this life as easily as he has.’
    • ‘He could not feel his legs and had to be helped up by his girlfriend and a male friend.’
    • ‘Mr Brown might care to look at another report which came out only hours before his own.’
    • ‘What he said in his own way was that there is no such thing as a Scottish business community.’
    • ‘For a second or two he stood waiting for the wave to pass and let him walk on to his bath.’
    • ‘He was a jeweller by trade and was getting out of the airforce to start his own business.’
    • ‘Unless he wants to be treated like an animal, he has to exert his free will for the good.’
    • ‘Columbus is said to have identified his star the moment he saw the cover of the video.’
    • ‘He was also not put off by the very grown up thought of having to set up his own business.’
    • ‘He would be in much the same position as the farmer who previously put his cows in the field.’
    • ‘He sold all his possessions to fund the trip and says he has no plans to return home.’
    • ‘However, he neglected to take a picture of this so you'll have to take his word for it.’
    • ‘He does not want to give me his name and will not identify the patient out of respect.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to or associated with a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use chiefly replaced by ‘his or her’ or ‘their’):
      ‘any child with delayed speech should have his hearing checked’
      See he
      • ‘The world and his dog was trying to persuade me to come to the Christmas party tonight.’
  • 2Used in titles:

    ‘His Excellency’
    ‘His Lordship’
    • ‘The head teacher was invited to Highgrove to meet His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.’
    • ‘Mr Walker received his award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent himself.’
    • ‘However, His Holiness never failed to lead the Tibetan government and its people.’
    • ‘So a historic visit was made, and His Majesty gave audience to the Prime Minister in his own home.’

possessive pronoun

  • Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with a male person or animal previously mentioned:

    ‘he took my hand in his’
    ‘some friends of his’
    • ‘Yes, he might appear distant and archaic but he is the heir to the throne and one day it will be his.’


Old English, genitive singular form of he, hē ‘he’ and hit ‘it’.