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See also: öns, -ons, and Ons

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AfrikaansEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch ons, from Middle Dutch ons, from Old Dutch uns, from Proto-Germanic *uns, *unsiz.

PronounEdit

ons

  1. we (subject)
  2. us (object)

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Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch ons, inflected onze, from Middle Dutch onse, from Old Dutch *unsa, from Proto-Germanic *unseraz.

Alternative formsEdit

DeterminerEdit

ons

  1. our
    • 1921, C.J. Langenhoven (lyrics), M.L. de Villiers (music), “Die Stem van Suid-Afrika”, South Africa:
      Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika.
      Rises the voice of our beloved, of our country South Africa.

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Etymology 3Edit

From Dutch ons, from Middle Dutch unce, from Latin uncia.

NounEdit

ons

  1. ounce (unit of measurement)

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɔns/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔns

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch ons, from Old Dutch uns, from Proto-Germanic *uns, *unsiz.

PronounEdit

ons (personal)

  1. us (objective form of wij or we)
    Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood.
    Give us today our daily bread.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *unsa, from Proto-Germanic *unseraz.

DeterminerEdit

ons (dependent possessive, independent possessive onze, inflected form onze)

  1. our (neuter)
    Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood.Give us our daily bread
InflectionEdit


Usage notesEdit

Only used with singular neuter nouns in dependent clauses; onze is used in all other situations as an independent possessive as well as with male and female nouns.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle Dutch unce (1240), borrowed from Latin uncia (a twelfth of a pound) probably via Old French once. [1]

NounEdit

ons n (plural onsen or onzen, diminutive onsje n)

  1. metric ounce (100 grams)
Usage notesEdit

Prior to the law of 1820 that introduced the metric system in what then united both the Netherlands and Belgium a variety of measures ranging around ca 30 grams were known by this name. The law of 1820 attributed the name to the hectogram of 100 grams. In 1937 the IJkwet of the Netherlands officially abolished the term, but it is still commonly used.

SynonymsEdit

Middle DutchEdit

PronounEdit

ons

  1. accusative and dative of wi

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

ons

  1. indefinite genitive plural of o

TurkishEdit

NounEdit

ons

  1. ounce

VolapükEdit

PronounEdit

ons

  1. (nominative plural of on) they (neuter or of mixed or unspecified gender)