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Meaning of s/he in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF S/HE

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WHAT DOES S/HE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Gender-specific and gender-neutral pronouns

A gender-specific pronoun is a pronoun associated with a particular gender, such as a pronoun denoting female or male. Examples include the English third-person personal pronouns he and she. A gender-neutral pronoun, by contrast, is a pronoun that is not associated with a particular gender, and that does not imply male or female. Many English pronouns are gender-neutral, including they. Many of the world's languages do not have gender-specific pronouns. Others, however – particularly those which have a pervasive system of grammatical gender – have gender-specificity in certain of their pronouns, particularly personal pronouns of the third person. Problems of usage arise in languages such as English, in contexts where a person of unspecified or unknown sex is being referred to, but the most natural available pronouns are gender-specific. In such cases a gender-specific pronoun may be used with intended gender-neutral meaning, as he has been used traditionally in English, although she is now sometimes used instead. Use of singular they is another common alternative.

definitionDefinition of s/he in the English dictionary

The definition of s/he in the dictionary is Some writers use s/he instead of either `he' or `she' when they are referring to someone who might exist but who has not been identified. By using s/he, the writer does not need to say whether the person is male or female.

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ENGLISH WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE S/HE

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Synonyms and antonyms of s/he in the English dictionary of synonyms

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WORDS RELATING TO «S/HE»

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Translation of «s/he» into 20 languages

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TRANSLATION OF S/HE

Find out the translation of s/he to 20 languages with our English multilingual translator.
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The translations of s/he from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «s/he» in English.
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zh

Translator English - Chinese

他/她
1,325 millions of speakers
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es

Translator English - Spanish

s / él
550 millions of speakers
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en

Translator English - English

s/he
510 millions of speakers
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hi

Translator English - Hindi

एस / वह
380 millions of speakers
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ar

Translator English - Arabic

ق / انه
280 millions of speakers
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ru

Translator English - Russian

он /
278 millions of speakers
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pt

Translator English - Portuguese

s / he
270 millions of speakers
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fr

Translator English - French

il / elle
220 millions of speakers
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de

Translator English - German

er /
180 millions of speakers
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ja

Translator English - Japanese

S /彼
130 millions of speakers
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ko

Translator English - Korean

S / 그는
85 millions of speakers
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vi

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anh / cô ta
80 millions of speakers
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it

Translator English - Italian

s / ha
65 millions of speakers
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pl

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on / ona
50 millions of speakers
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uk

Translator English - Ukrainian

він /
40 millions of speakers
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ro

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el / ea
30 millions of speakers
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el

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s / he
15 millions of speakers
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af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hy / sy
14 millions of speakers
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sv

Translator English - Swedish

han / hon
10 millions of speakers
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no

Translator English - Norwegian

han / hun
5 millions of speakers
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Trends of use of s/he

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «S/HE»

The term «s/he» is quite widely used and occupies the 31.931 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «S/HE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about s/he

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «S/HE»

Discover the use of s/he in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to s/he and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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S/he Brain: Science, Sexual Politics, and the Myths of Feminism
During the 1960s, Margaret Mead's argument that gender identity is almost entirely a product of learning in particular cultural contexts was incorporated into the sex/gender system in feminist theory.
autorRobert Nadeau, 1996
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S/he: Changing Sex and Changing Clothes
Having undergone surgical gender reassignment, the author conducted extensive interviews with transsexuals to examine the pressures and motivations that such people experience and how social, educational and professional status affect their ...
autorClaudine Griggs, 1998
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S/He
Minnie Bruce Pratt is the author of We Say We Love Each Other, Rebellion, Crime Against Nature, Walking Back Up Depot Street, and The Dirt We Ate.
autorMinnie Bruce Pratt, 2005
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S/he Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories
"S/He Created Them" is a feminist retelling of biblical tales, the purpose of which is to make the Bible contemporaneous, relevant, and religiously meaningful.
autorNaomi Graetz, 2003
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A Guide for Developing Parenting Styles: If You Were S/he, ...
This book was prepared to serve this purpose.Subjects covered in this book includes a wide age range from early childhood to adolescence.
autorCagla Gur, 2011
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Alberta Elders' Cree Dictionary
kitimakihkahtew pi. kitimakihkahtewa (NI) Something poorly burned. Vor. kwatakihkahtew. kitimakihtawew (VTA) S/he sounded sorrowful to her/ him. kitimakitam (VTI) S/he feels sorry for what s/he heard. kitimakitakew (VTA) S/he feels sorry for ...
autorNancy LeClaire, George Cardinal, Harold Cardinal, 1998
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Current Trends in Caucasian, East European, and Inner Asian ...
Locative 0-/-C-/- - "come, go" -c-/-s-/-k'- "carry" e- "hither" e-ne-sa "s/he comes" a-r-e-ne "s/he carne" (irreg) e-y-al-le "s/he will come" e-ne-c-esa "s/he brings" e- ne-c-er-e "s/he brought" e-c-al-le "s/he will bring" ta(y)- ta-ne-sa "s/he goes" ...
autorDee Ann Holisky, Kevin Tuite, 2003
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Assessment and Treatment Planning for PTSD
WHEN S/HE DID DANGEROUS THINGS OR WAS IN/AROUND DANGEROUS PLACES OR PEOPLE . . . (Y) (N) Did this involve violent people? (Y) (N) Did this involve dangerous weapons? (Y) (N) Didthis involve vehicles suchascarsortrains,  ...
autorChristopher Frueh, Anouk Grubaugh, Jon D. Elhai, 2012
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Elementary Korean
Exercise 7: Negative Honorifics Repeat the answers to the questions. 1. Is s/he studying Political Science? 2, 3. Is s/he sleeping? 4. 5. Is s/he learning Russian? 6. 7. Is s/he looking for his socks? 8. 9. Is s/he at home? 10. 11. Is s/he a doctor?
autorRoss King, Jaehoon Yeon, 2000
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Tai-Kadai Languages
TABLE 4.1-1: SOME V1-V2 SEQUENCES WITH DIFFERENT UNDERLYING STRUCTURES Construction Example Gloss Meaning Pre-V asp-mod marking kheej2 paj3 'accustomed' 'go' '(S/he) has (ever) been/gone.' Post-V asp-mod marking ...
autorAnthony Diller, Jerry Edmondson, Yongxian Luo, 2004
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10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «S/HE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term s/he is used in the context of the following news items.
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After Breast Cancer's S/HE Thrives calendar brings out the beauty in …
On July 15, thanks to the S/HE Thrives calendar project, Manwar and 11 other After Breast Cancer ambassadors had that sense of beauty restored to them ... «insideTORONTO.com, Jul 15»
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Dancing in the street is the latest protest from Qween Amor, social …
When a cop gave Qween Amor -- who prefers to go by the pronoun "s/he" -- a summons May 28 for playing The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" through an amp, ... «amNY, Jun 15»
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Bruce Jenner declares that Finally s/he is a Woman
He was once a top notch athlete and Olympian. But today Bruce Jenner has declared that finally s/he is a woman. Bruce Jenner was a man's man in his time. «I4U News, Apr 15»
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What Sex is S/he?, UES Drama Asks, Somewhat Clumsily
Zachary Brod, Antoinette Thorne and Sara Kapner in Robert Callely's On a Stool at the End of the Bar. (Photo by Carol Rosegg). “Oh, that's my life!” joked an ... «New York Observer, Nov 14»
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How To Tell Your Boss S/he's Crazy
Everywhere you go, people say “My boss said the most insane thing!” They marvel at their supervisors' cluelessness. They tell us about it, and they tell their ... «Forbes, Aug 14»
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Photo: Ben Avny
... and she, which has been shown to come off to readers as favoring she—or the unpronounceable smudges s/he and he/she. This is where the idea comes in, ... «The New Republic, Jan 14»
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S/He Says: What's wrong with the word 'feminism'?
From the way it sounds, to the baggage it carries and the way we use it, director/writer Joss Whedon hates the word “feminist.” He recently shared his thoughts ... «New Zealand Herald, Nov 13»
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Fringe Dance Reviews: S/He Nancy Joe / Dance Derby / Smashed
Performer Mirenka Chechove - whose S/He Nancy Joe is part of an outstanding Czech Dance Showcase at Zoo venues - takes on that issue of 'body as ... «Herald Scotland, Aug 13»
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Ubuntu users, relax: the gun-toting penguin says s/he means no harm
The person, going by the name of “Sputn1k_”, says to stop fretting about the password cracking, already, though s/he is enjoying the "rage tweets". «Naked Security, Jul 13»
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He, She, and They
Using “s/he” or “he or she” is wordy and unnatural, especially if used frequently or spoken out loud. Some writers instead choose to alternate between he and ... «Harvard Crimson, May 13»
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