[ ahr-self, ouuh r-, ou-er- ]
/ ɑrˈsɛlf, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər- /


one's own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others: It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge.
(a form corresponding to ourselves, used of a single person, especially in the regal or formal style, as we for I): We have taken unto ourself such powers as may be necessary.

Words nearby ourself

Origin of ourself

1300–50; Middle English oure self; see our, self

usage note for ourself

See myself.
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British Dictionary definitions for ourself

/ (aʊəˈsɛlf) /


archaic a variant of myself, formerly used by monarchs or editors in formal contexts
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