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[zee] /zi/
(occasionally used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she):
My friend didn't want to go to the party, but ze ended up having a great time!
Origin of ze
First recorded in 1970-75; based on the German pronoun sie
Usage note
Gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed as far back as the mid-19th century, especially in connection with progressive ideas about women’s rights. More recently, the coinage and use of ze and other gender-neutral pronouns has been motivated by discussions about gender identity. Many gay, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals do not identify as male or female or do not want to be identified as either gender. Even so, use of ze as a gender-neutral singular third-person pronoun is quite limited, partly because of a general resistance toward replacing English pronouns. Pronouns belong to a small, closed class of words whose membership is relatively fixed. See also they. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He vandt to pe in ze bataille: he vas in ze bataille—seven lance troo 'im, seven; Peecton, Inglis Officer.

  • Ven I go to sleep, puy one pail of pranty for ze Soldaten, ant zey will sleep.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • It is a 'Frhlingslied'—ze song of spring—and you must make your instrument to tell of ze blossom time.

  • He fills the garden wiz roses,—I bring His roses in ze house.

    Rosin the Beau Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • He ask me to marry him—he kees me—he hug me—he lift me on ze horse—he ride with me all night—he marry me.

  • I cry now only in ze story, only—to—to show thee how it would be!

    Rosin the Beau Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • ze thunder sound no more, but ze snow still fall, an presently, ze stranger mans he return.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • I be terrified at ze beeg city where she come from, p'r'aps.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Signorina, which you like better, zat yong American or ze Signor Lieutenant?

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster

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