- our's (obsolete)
From Middle English oures, attested since the 1300s. Equivalent to our + -s (compare -'s); formed by analogy to his. Displaced ourn (from Middle English ouren) in standard speech.
- (General American), IPA(key): /ˈaʊɚz/, /ɑɹz/
- (Received Pronunciation), IPA(key): /ˈaʊəz/, /ɑːz/
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- Rhymes: -aʊə(ɹ)z, -ɑː(ɹ)z
- Homophone: hours
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “ours”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
From Middle French ours, from Old French urs, from Latin ursus, from Proto-Italic *orssos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ŕ̥tḱos (“bear”).
The Early Modern French pronunciation was /uʁ/ before consonants, /uʁz/ before vowels, and /uʁs/ in pausa. For the most part, the pausal pronunciations were eventually lost, but in some cases they were re-established as the basic form (reinforced in part by the spelling, in part by related words; in this case perhaps the feminine ourse).
- IPA(key): /uʁs/ (standard)
- IPA(key): /uʁ/ (archaic pronunciation, either for both numbers or only for the plural)
- Homophones: ourse, ourses
ours m (plural ours, feminine ourse)
- bear (animal)
- (gay slang) bear (hairy gay man)
- masthead (list of a newspaper's main staff)
- (cinematography) rough cut
- “ours”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- “ours” in Dico en ligne Le Robert.
- Alternative form of oures
From Old French urs, from Latin ursus.
ours m (plural ours, feminine singular ourse, feminine plural ourses)
- bear (mammal)
- French: ours