Definition of our in English:

our

possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with the speaker and one or more other people previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘Jo and I had our hair cut’
    • ‘Do we men really notice when our partners spend two hours with a hair dryer and brush?’
    • ‘The dog had been grown over the last eight years and we brought it from our previous address.’
    • ‘We had deliberately cut our hole at the edge of the pond to make it easier to get in and out.’
    • ‘At the beginning of each month we have to formally contact him by phone for our salary.’
    • ‘We chose a known donor so that our child could know the identity of his biological father.’
    • ‘Even with our visit cut a little short, we still came back with over five hundred photos!’
    • ‘We all laughed at this one but our laughter was cut short as Margaret made her entrance.’
    • ‘We accept that we should have noted these references in our list of words mentioned.’
    • ‘We're going to have our work cut out for us, but they are definitely the team to beat.’
    • ‘The only thing that moved was our hair and clothes in the wind, and my falling tears.’
    • ‘The cases to which we have referred in our view make quite plain the proper approach.’
    • ‘It is not like we have got to do it because if we don't our budget is going to be cut.’
    • ‘Maybe it was because your fleet was too high and mighty to respond to our previous hails.’
    • ‘There was also the bathroom and a small sitting room that used to belong to our mama.’
    • ‘We get assigned to this inferior work track because we are identifiable by our sex.’
    • ‘On our side we went down to the Royal Society with a group of people from the lab.’
    • ‘There is no mention of anything like this in our travel advice and it is not common.’
    • ‘It puts him up much higher than he is accustomed to being, and as a bonus it allows him to play with our hair.’
    • ‘We have our work cut out, but taking over from anyone who dies in office is never easy.’
    • ‘It was at this point that we decided to cut our losses and have a meal in York to savour the atmosphere.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to or associated with people in general.
      ‘when we hear a sound, our brains identify the source quickly’
      • ‘I know it sounds selfish of me, to just throw away our world and all the people living in it.’
      • ‘Anyone who votes for this act should not deserve our votes in the general election.’
      • ‘If we have it in our power to create the next generations in a way that we wish, then we should.’
      • ‘By watching the workings of our own mind we can learn how to identify these delusions.’
      • ‘Presumably all the nonsense must be produced by some part of our brain, so which part?’
      • ‘There are now so many almost daily occasions when we have to stand up and verify our identity.’
      • ‘He certainly believes our brain could do with some help in coming up with ideas.’
      • ‘We all want to get our points across and to persuade our readers that we have got things right.’
      • ‘I refer to such cases only to show that our law is no stranger to the prevention of risk.’
      • ‘If all our identifying data gets digitally stored in one place, how do we protect it?’
      • ‘It's amazing how our minds read what we think should be written rather than what is.’
      • ‘This is possible because our brains adapt to create neural maps for new body parts.’
  • 2Used in formal contexts by a royal person or a writer or editor to refer to something belonging to or associated with himself or herself.

    ‘we want to know what you, our readers, think’
    • ‘We are now asking our readers to fill in a letter and send it to the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘We leave it to the wisdom of our readers to decide which way to lean in the debate.’
    • ‘One of the key messages we try to get across to our readers is the importance of managing debts.’
    • ‘It took us a lot of work to win this special deal for our readers, but we did it all for love!’
    • ‘To find out how our readers fared, we have followed four of them over the past six months.’
    • ‘So we are asking our readers to dig deep and take the total as high as possible in the coming days.’
    • ‘If any of our readers using it have anecdotal data to pass along, we'd love to see it.’
    • ‘As a thank you to our readers we have some great competitions and giveaways lined up.’
    • ‘This month we are offering our readers the chance to win a trip to see the hit show.’
  • 3Northern English informal Used with a name to refer to a relative, friend, or colleague of the speaker.

    ‘really, she is a one, our Gillian’
    • ‘My cross belongs to our Tony.’

Origin

Old English ūre, of Germanic origin; related to us and German unser.

Pronunciation

our

/aʊə/