[yoo-awl, yawl]
pronoun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. (used in direct address to two or more persons, or to one person who represents a family, organization, etc.): You-all come back now, hear? Tell your mother it's time you-all came to visit us.
Also y'all.

Origin of you-all

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

Usage note

See you. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for you-all

Historical Examples of you-all

  • You-all don't know nothin' about this hole; thar's a b'ar in this hole!'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Whatever it is, however, you-all can't play it on old Monte.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • But you-all slapped down the stuff in a stampede, sartin you had him buffaloed.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • You-all's had enough o' them folkses; an' you ain' that kind, either.

    A Tar-Heel Baron

    Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

  • "I want dat young step-gal of you-all's," she answered with dignity.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris

British Dictionary definitions for you-all


  1. a US, esp Southern, word for you, used esp when addressing more than one person
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