's

1

an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ending in a letter or combination of letters representing an s or z sound, noun phrases, and noun substitutes, as in man's, women's, baby's, James's, witness's, (or witness'), king of England's, or anyone's.

Nearby words

  1. 'ndrangheta,
  2. 'nuff,
  3. 'que,
  4. 're,
  5. 'roo,
  6. 's gravenhage,
  7. 's hertogenbosch,
  8. 'sblood,
  9. 'sdeath,
  10. 'shun

Origin of 's

1
Middle English -es, Old English

's

2

contraction of is: She's here.
contraction of does: What's he do for a living now?
contraction of has: He's just gone.

Usage note


's

3

Archaic.

a contraction of God's, as in 'swounds; 'sdeath; 'sblood.

's

4

a contraction of us, as in Let's go.

Usage note


's

5

a contraction of as, as in so's to get there on time.
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Word Origin and History for 's

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