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[ yoor, yawr, yohr; unstressed yer ]


  1. (a form of the possessive case of you used as an attributive adjective): Compare yours.

    Your jacket is in that closet. I like your idea.

  2. one's (used to indicate that one belonging to oneself or to any person):

    The consulate is your best source of information. As you go down the hill, the library is on your left.

  3. (used informally to indicate all members of a group, occupation, etc., or things of a particular type):

    Take your factory worker, for instance. Your power brakes don't need that much servicing.


/ jə; jɔː; jʊə /


  1. of, belonging to, or associated with you

    your house

    your nose

    your first taste of freedom

  2. belonging to or associated with an unspecified person or people in general

    the path is on your left heading north

    this lotion is for your head only

  3. informal.
    used to indicate all things or people of a certain type

    your part-time worker is a problem

  4. your actual informal.

    here is your actual automatic tin-opener

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Grammar Note

See me.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of your1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English ēower, genitive of ye 1 ); cognate with Danish jeres, Dutch jouw, German euer; akin to Armenian jer, Latvian jūsu

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Word History and Origins

Origin of your1

Old English eower, genitive of ye 1; related to Old Frisian jūwe, Old Saxon euwa, Old High German iuwēr

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Example Sentences

These pathetic folks need to accept that “jazz has replaced classical music as the dreaded incarnation of eat-your-broccoli art.”

Dessert is a slice of melt-in-your-mouth treacle tart with a dollop of perfectly tart clotted cream.

He was like my old man with that angry, in-your-face rhetoric.

He continues that "the gays I know are not the flamboyant shove-it-in-your face type of people."

Most of the posts—featuring kind, thoughtful, restores-your-faith-in-humanity type of statements—align with the lofty statement.

Stretch-your-necks, wags and grind hunters, supplied Jerry, now sufficiently aroused to join in the conversation.

He had done rough work in Central Asia, and had seen rather more help-your-self fighting than most men of his years.

Sat Bhai has many members, and perhaps before they jolly-well-cut-your-throat they may give you just a chance for life.

Opposite is a little, hold-your-own school-mistressy young person in pince-nez.

Such was the difference between the costume and arms of Master Rend-your-Soul and that of his servant.