Definition of his in English:

his

possessive determiner

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

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

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

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.’

Phrases

  • his and hers

    • (of matching items) for husband and wife, or men and women.

      ‘his and hers towels’
      • ‘And I was passed by a French Canadian couple in matching his and hers plaid shirts.’
      • ‘For those who, as Holmes would later put it, find the marriage ‘ambiguous’, his and hers coffee mugs were produced.’
      • ‘The master bedroom, which is en suite, also features his and hers walk-in wardrobes, each with more space than a typical box room.’
      • ‘The master suite features his and hers sitting rooms, one of which was turned into a large closet.’
      • ‘Ten cabins share one private courtyard featuring a lap pool, Jacuzzi, his and hers steam rooms and exercise equipment.’
      • ‘Mirrored his and hers arrangements stretch the length of those double sinks.’
      • ‘The two unique grids, his and hers, are separate but equal in their intricacy and power.’
      • ‘She had already won a programmable microwave oven and matching his and hers bathrobes, and was about to go for the big prize.’
      • ‘There are three rings to be bought - engagement plus his and hers wedding bands, again fortunately not your responsibility.’
      • ‘There they settled in Bethlehem and established his and hers monastic houses.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

his

/hiz//hɪz/