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our

[ ouuhr, ou-er; unstressed ahr ]
/ aʊər, ˈaʊ ər; unstressed ɑr /
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pronoun

(a form of the possessive case of we used as an attributive adjective): Our team is going to win. Do you mind our going on ahead?

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Origin of our

before 900; Middle English oure,Old English ūre, suppletive genitive plural of we from same base as ūsus

grammar notes for our

See me.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH our

are, hour, our

Definition for our (2 of 2)

-our

British.

variant of -or1.

usage note for -our

See -or1.
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British Dictionary definitions for our (1 of 2)

our
/ (aʊə) /

determiner

of, belonging to, or associated in some way with usour best vodka; our parents are good to us
belonging to or associated with all people or people in generalour nearest planet is Venus
a formal word for my used by editors or other writers, and monarchs
informal (often sarcastic) used instead of yourare our feet hurting?
dialect belonging to the family of the speakerit's our Sandra's birthday tomorrow

Word Origin for our

Old English ūre (genitive plural), from us; related to Old French, Old Saxon ūser, Old High German unsēr, Gothic unsara

British Dictionary definitions for our (2 of 2)

-our

suffix forming nouns

indicating state, condition, or activitybehaviour; labour

Word Origin for -our

in Old French -eur, from Latin -or, noun suffix
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