- plural of self.
- a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
- a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
- personal interest.
- the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
- the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
- being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.
- being of one piece with or the same material as the rest: drapes with a self lining.
- Immunology. the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself).
- Obsolete. same.
- myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self.
- to self-pollinate.
Origin of self
Examples from the Web for selves
We all have backstage selves and selves that we cultivate and present to the outside world.In Defense of Digital Communication
June 19, 2013
The newest issue of Elle Collections asks supermodels what advice they would give to their 17-year-old selves.Kimye Child May Wear Leather Pants, Nicholas Kirkwood Wins BFC Fund
The Fashion Beast Team
January 30, 2013
While under the guise of “rocker” Chris Gaines, Brooks stubbornly refused to acknowledge any connection between his two selves.Lana Del Rey, Sinead O’Connor & More Worst 'SNL' Performances (Videos)
January 20, 2012
The tender, painful, and sometimes very funny sex scenes give touching insight into the selves we seek to escape, but never can.Last-Minute Gift Books
December 20, 2010
Letting people be their Facebook selves on a Web site makes some intuitive sense.Google Declares War on Facebook
November 4, 2009
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Of the future, of the actual present, save of their two selves, they scarcely spoke.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Would not that argue great lack of understanding in our two selves?The Economist
There was a lot I wanted to say to you—just quietly, in a corner by our two selves.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Some people can only learn from that sort of experience which comes home to their own dear selves.Notes on Life and Letters
- the plural of self
- (in combination)ourselves; yourselves; themselves
- the distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing
- a person's usual or typical bodily make-up or personal characteristicsshe looked her old self again
- good self or good selves rare a polite way of referring to or addressing a person (or persons), used following your, his, her, or their
- one's own welfare or interestshe only thinks of self
- an individual's consciousness of his own identity or being
- the self philosophy that which is essential to an individual, esp the mind or soul in Cartesian metaphysics; the ego
- a bird, animal, etc, that is a single colour throughout, esp a self-coloured pigeon
- not standard myself, yourself, etcseats for self and wife
- of the same colour or materiala dress with a self belt See also self-coloured
- obsolete the same
Word Origin and History for selves
Old English self, seolf, sylf "one's own person, -self; own, same," from Proto-Germanic *selbaz (cf. Old Norse sjalfr, Old Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Old High German selb, German selb, selbst, Gothic silba), Proto-Germanic *selbaz "self," from PIE *sel-bho-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (see idiom).
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [Alan Watts]
Its use in compounds to form reflective pronouns grew out of independent use in Old English. As a noun from early 14c.
- The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
- One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
- That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body.