he
I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hē; akin to Old English hēo she, hit it, Old High German he, Latin cis, citra on this side, Greek ekeinos that person Date: before 12th century 1. that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer <
he is my father
>
— compare him, his, it, she, they 2. — used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified <
he that hath ears to hear, let him hear — Matthew 11:15 (Authorized Version)
>
<
one should do the best he can
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II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a male person or animal 2. one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal — usually used in combination <
that's what I call he-literature — Sinclair Lewis
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III. noun Etymology: Hebrew hē' Date: circa 1567 the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • He — (h[=e]), pron. [nom. {He}; poss. {His} (h[i^]z); obj. {Him} (h[i^]m); pl. nom. {They} ([th][=a]); poss. {Their} or {Theirs} ([th][^a]rz or [th][=a]rz); obj. {Them} ([th][e^]m).] [AS. h[=e], masc., he[ o], fem., hit, neut.; pl. h[=i], or hie, hig; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • He — (h[=e]), pron. [nom. {He}; poss. {His} (h[i^]z); obj. {Him} (h[i^]m); pl. nom. {They} ([th][=a]); poss. {Their} or {Theirs} ([th][^a]rz or [th][=a]rz); obj. {Them} ([th][e^]m).] [AS. h[=e], masc., he[ o], fem., hit, neut.; pl. h[=i], or hie, hig; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • He — (IPAEng|hiː) is a third person, singular personal pronoun (subject case) in Modern English.UsagePeopleHe can be used as a substitution of a male s name.AnimalsGrammatically, it is most often incorrect to use the pronouns he or she when referring… …   Wikipedia

  • He — He, (Chem.) The chemical symbol for {helium}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • — Interjection qui sert principalement à appeler. Hé! l’ami! Hé! viens ici. Ces sortes de phrases ne s’emploient qu’en parlant à des inférieurs ou à des personnes avec lesquelles on vit très familièrement. Hé se dit également, soit pour avertir de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • — *  (H s aspire.) Interjection qui sert principalement à appeler. HÉ, se dit également, soit pour avertir de prendre garde à quelque chose : Hé ! qu allez vous faire ? soit pour témoigner de la commisération : Hé, mon Dieu ! Hé, pauvre homme, que… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • he — Personal Per son*al (p[ e]r s[u^]n*al), a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.] 1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things. [1913 Webster] Every man so termed by way of personal difference. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • HE — heavy equipment; high explosive …   Military dictionary

  • He — symbol helium …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • HE — abbreviation 1. Her Excellency; His Excellency 2. high explosive 3. His Eminence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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