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Webster 1913 Edition


Our

Our

(our)
,
possessive p
ron.
[AS.
ūre
our, of us; akin to
ūs
us, to us, and to G.
unser
our, of us, Goth.
unsara
. √186. See
Us
.]
Of or pertaining to us; belonging to us;
as,
our
country;
our
rights;
our
troops;
our
endeavors. See
I
.
The Lord is
our
defense.
Ps. lxxxix. 18.
☞ When the noun is not expressed, ours is used in the same way as hers for her, yours for your, etc.; as, whose house is that? It is ours.
Our wills are
ours
, we know not how.
Tennyson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Our

OUR

,
Adj.
1.
Pertaining or belonging to us; as our country; our rights; our troops.
2.
Ours, which is primarily the possessive case of our, is never used as an adjective, but as a substitute for the adjective and the noun to which it belongs. Your house is on a plain; ours is on a hill. This is good English, but certainly ours must be the nominative to is, or it has none.
Their organs are better disposed than ours for receiving grateful impressions from sensible objects.
Here ours stands in the place of our organs, and cannot, in conformity with any rule of construction, be in the possessive case.
The same thing was done by them in suing in their courts, which is now done by us in suing in ours.

Definition 2022


our

our

See also: 'our and -our

English

  • enPR: ou(ə), IPA(key): /æɔ(ə)/ or IPA(key): /ɑː/
  • Homophone: ow (some dialects) or Homophone: are
  • Rhymes: -aʊ or Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)

Determiner

our

  1. Belonging to us.
    • 2008, Mike Knudson & Steve Wilkinson, Raymond and Graham Rule the School
      Paying no attention to Lizzy, Mrs. Gibson began calling out our names in alphabetical order.
    • 2013 July-August, Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz, Stents to Prevent Stroke”, in American Scientist:
      As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels.
  2. Of, from, or belonging to the nation, region, or language of the speaker.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      Thirdly, I continue to attempt to interdigitate the taxa in our flora with taxa of the remainder of the world.
  3. (Northern England, Scotland) Used before a person's name to indicate that the person is in one's family, or is a very close friend.
    I'm going to see our Terry for tea.

Translations

See also

Verb

our

  1. Misspelling of are.

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: do · has · could · #63: our · than · some · other

Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter, Vallader) ur

Etymology

From Latin ōra.

Noun

our m (plural ours)

  1. (Surmiran) edge, margins