Definition of your in English:


Pronunciation /jʊə//jɔː/

possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing.

    ‘what is your name?’
    • ‘The only thing you ever had at eight in the morning was the tea your mum brought you.’
    • ‘On the inside of your right foot is the dark varicose patch which came up after the third baby.’
    • ‘We also need your name and a phone number so we can contact you as you might be needed to be a witness.’
    • ‘Gently blow on it for a second, bring the cup up to your lips, drink and then put it back down.’
    • ‘Do you want to see your name on the cover of a paperback in the occult section of Borders?’
    • ‘All you have to do is find a user name, decide on a password and give them your email address.’
    • ‘You want the governments of the free world to shake at the very mention of your name?’
    • ‘I hope you will be able to take a few moments to read the following and to add your name to it.’
    • ‘It would help to know your names in case we get ambushed, and I need to call you in a hurry.’
    • ‘If you feel isolated from his friends, bring out some of your own friends to join you.’
    • ‘I brought you to my house and took you home when your mom got back from searching for you.’
    • ‘We can buy the list that has your name and address on it to mail things out to you.’
    • ‘If you do not put your name forward to be leader of the party it will be a travesty.’
    • ‘If you and your partner have joint cards, make sure you have a card in one of your names only.’
    • ‘Carefully lower your eyes to look directly at the center dot and bring it into focus.’
    • ‘It would just be your name in written form and if anyone else wrote it, it would look the same.’
    • ‘Take the children to a corner and do not allow them to see your husband when they bring him back.’
    • ‘So just leave your email address in your review if you want me to email you when I post.’
    • ‘How powerful do you have to be to mispronounce your own name and not have anyone tell you?’
    • ‘It was a bit like watching one of your best friends being slowly beaten up by the school bully.’
  • 2Belonging to or associated with any person in general.

    ‘the sight is enough to break your heart’
    • ‘Its rhythm, meaning and flow is fantastic and if it brings a tear to your cheek, so be it.’
    • ‘If you're a winner and your outspoken then the British thing is not to like you for that.’
    • ‘In any event, if you can find it in your hearts to help us out, we will be eternally grateful.’
    • ‘Apparently letting your sister know the address of your blog is not such a good idea.’
    • ‘If you store your wine in a cold cellar or garage, bring it inside in plenty of time.’
    • ‘To wear your heart on your sleeve now means it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.’
    • ‘From the earliest age, life can throw things at you that shape you for the rest of your life.’
    • ‘You've got to be buying a lot of shoes for the people at the shoe store to know your name.’
    • ‘Calls to Crimestoppers are not traced or taped and you do not have to give your name.’
    • ‘What if it is your son or daughter who has been instrumental in bringing about the split?’
    • ‘If need be, he or she will arrange a tracing of your heart, which can be done in the surgery.’
    • ‘Only when your whole body is strong can you become a better and more efficient runner.’
    • ‘One way to make lots of people see your weird movies is to get big names in your films.’
    • ‘Some people say if a burglar wants to break into your house, he will get in no matter what you do.’
    • ‘You can feel on top of the world by setting your own goal and really going for it.’
    • ‘You are pouring your heart out and afraid of saying something that sounds a bit naff.’
    • ‘There is nothing as beautiful as such a simple joy and it truly makes your heart ache.’
    • ‘You have got to take it in your stride, make sure you handle it properly and move forward.’
    • ‘When it comes to who stays and who goes, only your name and your accent are giveaways.’
    • ‘You could therefore make a big dent in your repayments by switching to a cheaper deal.’
    1. 2.1informal Used to denote someone or something that is familiar or typical of its kind.
      ‘I'm just your average man in the street’
      ‘she is one of your chatty types’
      • ‘To your average punter, dance is to the dramatic arts what free jazz is to the musical.’
      • ‘Can you imagine what your average bar or pub would be like if men had a time of the month?’
  • 3Used when addressing the holder of certain titles.

    ‘Your Majesty’
    ‘Your Excellency’
    • ‘When the time comes to say goodbye, you should once again address the Queen as Your Majesty.’


Note the difference between the possessive your (as in what is your name?) and the contraction you're, meaning ‘you are’ (as in you're looking well). Note also that neither your nor yours should be written with an apostrophe


Old English ēower, genitive of gē (see ye), of Germanic origin; related to German euer.