[hur; unstressed her, er] /hɜr; unstressed hər, ər/
the objective case of she:
"We saw her this morning. Give this book to her."
the possessive case of she (used as an attributive adjective):
"Her coat is the one on the chair. I'm sorry about her leaving."
Compare hers.
the dative case of she:
"I gave her the book."
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun she in the predicate after the verb to be):
"It's her. It isn't her."
Slang. a female:
"Is the new baby a her or a him?"
before 900; Middle English her(e), Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she (feminine of he1)
Usage note
See he1, me.




[shee] /ʃi/
pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman:
"She who listens learns."
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine:
"spring, with all the memories she conjures up."
noun, plural shes.
a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.
1125–75; Middle English, alteration of Old English sēo, sīo, sīe, feminine of se the1; replacing Old English hēo, hīo, feminine personal pronoun; see he1, her
Usage note
See he1, me, they.
Example Sentences for her
The molecules of her arm blended with the molecules in the wall.
Two years later she had received her degree in physics and the following year received her mathematics degree.
She is unlikely to gather enough signatures, despite her persuasive ways.
Her repeated efforts to obtain employment in one of the laboratories seemed to avail her nothing.
Her inventory runs from flea-market finds and charming toys to elegant handbags.
But then he grabbed her and handcuffed her hands behind her back.
Her children and many of her grandchildren were able to say goodbye.
She leans casually on her spinning frame, staring out at the camera, dressed in a filthy work smock.
She hopes it might help her get into art school and earn her some commissions.
She kept her faculties to the end and could say goodbye to us.
British Dictionary definitions for her
her (hɜː, (unstressed) hə, ə)
1.  refers to a female person or animal: he loves her; they sold her a bag; something odd about her; lucky her!
2.  refers to things personified as feminine or traditionally to ships and nations
3.  chiefly (US) a dialect word for herself : she needs to get her a better job
4.  of, belonging to, or associated with her: her silly ideas; her hair; her smoking annoys me

abbreviation for
1.  heraldic
2.  heraldry

she (ʃiː)
1.  refers to a female person or animal: she is a doctor; she's a fine mare
2.  refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
3.  (Austral), (NZ) an informal word for it : she's apples; she'll be right
4.  a.  a female person or animal
 b.  (in combination): she-cat

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Word Origin and History for her
O.E. hire, third pers. sing. fem. dat. pronoun, which beginning in 10c. replaced acc. hie (see he). Cognate with O.Fris. hiri, M.Du. hore, Du. haar, O.H.G. iru, Ger. ihr.
O.E. hire, third pers. sing. fem. gen. form of heo "she."
c.1154, probably evolved from O.E. seo, sio (acc. sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se "the." The O.E. word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," so the fem. demonstrative pronoun probably was used in its place (cf. similar development in Du. zij, Ger. sie, Gk. he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the O.E. pronoun is in Manchester-area dial. oo "she." She-devil "difficult woman" first recorded 1840.
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