[ th ahyn ]
/ ðaɪn /


the possessive case of thou1 used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun.
the possessive case of thou1 used as an attributive adjective before a noun beginning with a vowel or vowel sound: thine eyes; thine honor.Compare thy.
that which belongs to thee: Thine is the power and the glory.

Origin of thine

before 900; Middle English, Old English thīn; cognate with Old Norse thinn, Gothic theins; see thou1

Definition for thine (2 of 2)

[ th ou ]
/ ðaʊ /

pronoun, singular, nominative thou; possessive thy or thine; objective thee; plural, nominative you or ye; possessive your or yours; objective you or ye.

Archaic except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose. the personal pronoun of the second person singular in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed): Thou shalt not kill.
(used by the Friends) a familiar form of address of the second person singular.

verb (used with object)

to address as “thou.”

verb (used without object)

to use “thou” in discourse.

Origin of thou

before 900; Middle English; Old English thū; cognate with German, Middle Dutch du, Old Norse thū, Gothic thu, Old Irish tú, Welsh, Cornish ti, Latin tū, Doric Greek tý, Lithuanian tù, OCS ty; akin to Sanskrit tvam; (v.) late Middle English thowen, derivative of the pronoun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for thine (1 of 3)

/ (ðaɪn) /


  1. (preceding a vowel) of, belonging to, or associated in some way with you (thou)thine eyes
  2. (as pronoun)thine is the greatest burden
Compare thy

Word Origin for thine

Old English thīn; related to Old High German dīn, Gothic theina

British Dictionary definitions for thine (2 of 3)

/ (ðaʊ) /

pronoun (subjective)

archaic, dialect refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior
(usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc

Word Origin for thou

Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu

British Dictionary definitions for thine (3 of 3)

/ (θaʊ) /

noun plural thous or thou

one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
informal short for thousand
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