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 History of this Word

"their" is from "theirra" (belonging to them), spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.


Their can refer to a person, people or things mentioned in an earlier sentence or at an earlier time as well as earlier in the same sentence. Their refers to who or what is being talked about.
Historically, their was more likely to refer to more than one person but today it often refers to a single person of either gender.

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"their" is a type of small common word

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Meaning 1


their illustration A limitation of the meaning of the word that follows "their". Limits meaning to what belongs to person(s) or thing(s) mentioned earlier. Created to clarify the meaning of a statement. Can refer to anything being talked about.

Examples of how the word is used

their illustration Visit their sites!
their illustration Ideas for older persons and their families.