[ouuh rz, ou-erz or, often, ahrz]


(a form of the possessive case of we used as a predicate adjective): Which house is ours?
that or those belonging to us: Ours was given second prize. Ours are in the car.

Nearby words

  1. ouranos,
  2. ourari,
  3. ourie,
  4. ourinhos,
  5. ourn,
  6. ourself,
  7. ourselves,
  8. ouse,
  9. ousel,
  10. ouspensky

Origin of ours

1250–1300; Middle English (orig. north) ures, oures. See our, 's1



plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.

nominative plural of I.
(used to denote oneself and another or others): We have two children. In this block we all own our own houses.
(used to denote people in general): the marvels of science that we take for granted.
(used to indicate a particular profession, nationality, political party, etc., that includes the speaker or writer): We in the medical profession have moral responsibilities.
Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign, or by other high officials and dignitaries, in place of I in formal speech): We do not wear this crown without humility.
Also called the editorial we. (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the too personal or specific I or to represent a collective viewpoint): As for this column, we will have nothing to do with shady politicians.
you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.): We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine.
(used in the predicate following a copulative verb): It is we who should thank you.
(used in apposition with a noun, especially for emphasis): We Americans are a sturdy lot.

Origin of we

before 900; Middle English, Old English wē; cognate with Dutch wij, German wir, Old Norse vēr, Gothic weis



pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.

the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.

noun, plural I's.

(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
Metaphysics. the ego.

Origin of I

before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám

Can be confusedaye eye I

Usage note

See me.

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British Dictionary definitions for ours



something or someone belonging to or associated with usours have blue tags
of ours belonging to or associated with us



noun plural i's, I's or Is

the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
  1. something shaped like an I
  2. (in combination)an I-beam
dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail


symbol for

the imaginary number √–1Also called: j


pronoun (subjective)

refers to the speaker or writer and another person or other peoplewe should go now
refers to all people or people in generalthe planet on which we live
  1. when used by editors or other writers, and formerly by monarchs, a formal word for I 1
  2. (as noun)he uses the royal we in his pompous moods
informal used instead of you with a tone of persuasiveness, condescension, or sarcasmhow are we today?

Word Origin for we

Old English wē, related to Old Saxon wī, Old High German wir, Old Norse vēr, Danish, Swedish vi, Sanskrit vayam




(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer

Word Origin for I

C12: reduced form of Old English ic; compare Old Saxon ik, Old High German ih, Sanskrit ahám



symbol for

chem iodine
physics current
physics isospin
logic a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiPCompare A, E, O 1
(Roman numeral) oneSee Roman numerals

abbreviation for

Italy (international car registration)

Word Origin for I

(for sense 4) from Latin (aff) i (rmo) I affirm

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Word Origin and History for ours
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ours


The symbol for the elementiodine
i The symbol forcurrent

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Science definitions for ours



The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.


The symbol for electric current.
The symbol for iodine.
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Idioms and Phrases with ours


see dot the i's and cross the t's.

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