noun, plural selves.
- the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
- the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
pronoun, plural selves.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of self
Examples from the Web for selves
Contemporary Examples of selves
We all have backstage selves and selves that we cultivate and present to the outside world.In Defense of Digital Communication
June 19, 2013
The newest issue of Elle Collections asks supermodels what advice they would give to their 17-year-old selves.Kimye Child May Wear Leather Pants, Nicholas Kirkwood Wins BFC Fund
The Fashion Beast Team
January 30, 2013
While under the guise of “rocker” Chris Gaines, Brooks stubbornly refused to acknowledge any connection between his two selves.Lana Del Rey, Sinead O’Connor & More Worst 'SNL' Performances (Videos)
January 20, 2012
The tender, painful, and sometimes very funny sex scenes give touching insight into the selves we seek to escape, but never can.Last-Minute Gift Books
December 20, 2010
Letting people be their Facebook selves on a Web site makes some intuitive sense.Google Declares War on Facebook
November 4, 2009
Historical Examples of selves
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Of the future, of the actual present, save of their two selves, they scarcely spoke.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Would not that argue great lack of understanding in our two selves?The Economist
There was a lot I wanted to say to you—just quietly, in a corner by our two selves.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Some people can only learn from that sort of experience which comes home to their own dear selves.Notes on Life and Letters
noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
Word Origin for self
Old English self, seolf, sylf "one's own person, -self; own, same," from Proto-Germanic *selbaz (cf. Old Norse sjalfr, Old Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Old High German selb, German selb, selbst, Gothic silba), Proto-Germanic *selbaz "self," from PIE *sel-bho-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (see idiom).
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [Alan Watts]
Its use in compounds to form reflective pronouns grew out of independent use in Old English. As a noun from early 14c.