EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.[1]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

ours

  1. That which belongs to us; the possessive case of we, used without a following noun.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “ours”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /uʁs/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /uʁ/ (archaic pronunciation, either for both numbers or only for the plural)
  • (file)

NounEdit

ours m (plural ours, feminine ourse)

  1. bear (animal)
  2. masthead (list of a newspaper's main staff)

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Haitian Creole: ous
  • Louisiana Creole French: lours, lous
  • Mauritian Creole: lurs
  • Seychellois Creole: lours

Further readingEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

ours

  1. Alternative form of oures

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French urs, from Latin ursus.

NounEdit

ours m (plural ours, feminine singular ourse, feminine plural ourses)

  1. bear (mammal)

DescendantsEdit