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[yoo-awl, yawl] /yuˈɔl, yɔl/
pronoun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
(used in direct address to two or more persons, or to one person who represents a family, organization, etc.):
You-all come back now, hear? Tell your mother it's time you-all came to visit us.
Also, y'all.
Origin of you-all
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25
Usage note
See you. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And Im awfully glad Ruth and Helen and you-all could come with me.

  • But you-all slapped down the stuff in a stampede, sartin you had him buffaloed.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • you-all just ought to 've seen that tenderfoot pull his freight!

  • Do you-all reckon you're goin' to poke fun at me an' the law, an' git away with it?

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • you-all know Becky Butts—well, there's a woman that comes mighty nigh bein' a saint.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • "you-all had a gun in yore hand when we stahted in," said Sandy equably.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • But wildcats is purty heavy, an' you-all can hit 'em with a shotgun.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • If you-all is thirsty you better order the simplest things you can think of.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • Mr. Alexander nudged Mr. Fabian and whispered: Did you-all hear him say I want to speak to my two friends?

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The porter grinned: "Not if you-all bribe the exercise-inspector."

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for you-all


a US, esp Southern, word for you, used esp when addressing more than one person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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