pronoun, plural in construction Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wē; akin to Old High German wir we, Sanskrit vayam Date: before 12th century 1. I and the rest of a group that includes me ; you and I ; you and I and another or others ; I and another or others not including you — used as pronoun of the first person plural; compare i, our, ours, us 2. i I — used by sovereigns; used by writers to keep an impersonal character

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