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1 a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas) [syn: helium, atomic number 2]
2 the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

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Etymology 1

From Hebrew


  1. In the context of "linguistics|computing": ISO 639-1 code for Hebrew.

Etymology 2

Transliteration of various Semitic letters, including sc=Phnx, sc=Hebr, and Syriac sc=Syrc.


  • /heɪ:/, /he:/


  1. The name of sc=Phnx, the fifth letter of the Phoenician alphabet (



personal pronoun "he"



  1. her

Usage notes



  1. Said when surprised or when objecting to something.



  • Hyphenation: he
  • Rhymes: -e
  • lang=fi|[he]


  1. they i only of people.


Usage notes

  • In standard Finnish, he can practically never be omitted, despite the verb showing both the person and the number. (compare the usage of hän, "she" / "he")


See also



  1. : fart



  1. : drink
    he tai duo kafei dui shenti bu hao. "To drink coffee too much is bad for health."


  1. : and
    Jiǎntǐzì shì Zhōngguó Liánhéguó de biāozhǔn Hànzì. (简体字是中国和联合国的标准汉字.) — Jiantizi is the standard Hanzi of China and the UN.

Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, , , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old English


Cognate with Old Frisian hi, he, Old Saxon hi, he.


  • /he:/


  1. he


  • English: he



See also

Extensive Definition

He () is a third-person, singular personal pronoun (subject case) in Modern English.



He can be used as a substitution of a male's name.


Grammatically, it is most often incorrect to use the pronouns "he" or "she" when referring to animals, with the neuter "it" being more correct. However, they are both often used colloquially to refer to animals of the appropriate gender.



The pronoun He, with a universally capitalized H is often used to refer to God.


The gender system in Modern English is generally natural, semantic and logical, however it is most similar to languages whose gender systems primarily distinguish between the animate and inanimate, and between the personal and impersonal. In the table RP stands for relative pronoun and PP for personal pronoun.



The reconstructed Indo-European language provides a demonstrative pronoun ko.


English is a development of the West Germanic language family.

Old English

Speakers of Old English (OE) considered each noun to have a grammatical gender — masculine, feminine or neuter. Pronouns were generally (but not always) selected to have the same grammatical gender as the noun they referred to. For example, dæg (, day) was masculine, so a masculine pronoun was used when referring to a day or days. The personal pronoun for a singular masculine subject was written he, just like Present-Day English (PrDE). However, OE he was probably pronounced like PrDE hay (). The vowel in hay is normally longer in duration than in the exlamation Hey! (). Because the vowel sound of OE he was long in duration, scholars (and OE dictionaries) now write it as hē.

Middle English

There was one change to the inflection of the masculine pronoun in Middle English. The OE dative form him replaced the OE accusative hine (). This meant that, in Middle English, there was no distinction between masculine and impersonal, except in the subject case of the third-person singular, until it from hit replaced him in the object case of the impersonal. So, "there was rather an extended period of time in the history of the English language when the choice of a supposedly masculine personal pronoun (him) said nothing about the gender or sex of the referent."

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he in Chechen: Иза
he in German: HE
he in Modern Greek (1453-): HE
he in Spanish: HE
he in Esperanto: He
he in French: HE
he in Korean: HE
he in Italian: HE
he in Japanese: HE
he in Norwegian: HE
he in Low German: He
he in Portuguese: HE
he in Serbian: He
he in Finnish: He
he in Vietnamese: He
he in Turkish: He

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

I, I myself, alter, alter ego, alterum, better self, bloke, boy, buck, chap, ego, ethical self, fellow, gee, gent, gentleman, guy, her, herself, him, himself, his, hombre, homme, inner man, inner self, it, male, male being, male person, man, masculine, me, my humble self, myself, number one, oneself, other self, ourselves, self, she, subconscious self, subliminal self, superego, them, themselves, they, you, yours truly, yourself, yourselves
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