Definition of whose in English:

whose

pronoun & possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with which person.

    as determiner ‘whose round is it?’
    as pronoun ‘a Mini was parked at the kerb and Juliet wondered whose it was’
    • ‘It is time for Mr Wills to decide whose side he is on, the University of Bath or the people of Swindon.’
    • ‘We also tried to follow it and knocked on doors to see whose it was, also to no avail.’
  • 2as determiner Of whom or which (used to indicate that the following noun belongs to or is associated with the person or thing mentioned in the previous clause)

    ‘he's a man whose opinion I respect’
    ‘a willow tree whose branches reached right to the ground’
    • ‘It hopes to give people whose opinions are rarely heard the chance to tell their story.’
    • ‘Gasping for breath, they reached the row of houses whose gardens led onto the park.’
    • ‘In his place is a man who trades on trust but whose personality offers limited reassurance.’
    • ‘It featured two mothers whose daughters had been lured into relationships by the men.’
    • ‘I knew a man whose idea of following fashion was to change his underwear once a season.’
    • ‘He followed the story of a widow whose ceremony took place in the sacred river of Pouktiou.’
    • ‘In fact, he is a mere boy whose life is so painful that it does not seem to him to be worth living.’
    • ‘We were keen to play with any band whose fans might be persuaded to start following us, too.’
    • ‘This provoked outrage in the industry and among those whose branch line was set for the chop.’
    • ‘The idea is that you should want people whose opinions you share to have an robust stance.’
    • ‘It is their very irony that will appeal to precisely the people whose passions they parody.’
    • ‘It belongs to Lucy Smooth, whose husband used to keep it under control until he died.’
    • ‘A mother whose son was shot dead led a march against guns in Leeds at the weekend.’
    • ‘He was a street fighter whose attraction to violence bordered on the pathological.’
    • ‘He's a workaholic whose goal is to be the first man to put hackers permanently out of business.’
    • ‘Those of you whose grubby mitts have not reached for this shiny golden nugget yet, why not?’
    • ‘We need to remember we are talking about a guy whose best years may well be ahead of him.’
    • ‘At the moment only the select few girls whose parents can afford to pay receive any education.’
    • ‘Kyle, whose back was to her, turned around as he followed the gazes of his two friends.’
    • ‘The attacker, whose face was covered by a hood, grabbed her from behind in the dark alley.’

Origin

Old English hwæs, genitive of hwā ‘who’ and hwæt ‘what’.

Pronunciation

whose

/huːz/