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English

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Pronunciation

  • (when stressed)
    • enPR: thē, IPA(key): /ˈðiː/
    • (file)
    • Rhymes: -iː
      • (variant, preconsonantal) enPR: thŭ, IPA(key): /ˈðʌ/
  • (when unstressed and prevocalic)
  • (when unstressed and preconsonantal)

Etymology 1

From Middle English þe, from Old English þē m (the, that, demonstrative pronoun), a late variant of , the s- (which occurred in the masculine and feminine nominative singular only) having been replaced by the þ- from the oblique stem.

Article

the

  1. Used before a noun phrase, including a simple noun
    1. The definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that the noun phrase it immediately precedes is definitely identifiable
      1. because it has already been mentioned, is to be completely specified in the same sentence, or very shortly thereafter.
        I’m reading the book Mary reviewed. (Compare I’m reading a book Mary reviewed.)
        You live on Main Street, don't you? You know, you should tell the mayor the street needs cleaning.
        The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
        The street that runs all the way through my hometown.
        • 2016, VOA Learning English, archived from the original on 30 September 2017:
          I sleep in the bedroom!
      2. because it is presumed to be definitely known in context or from shared knowledge
        1. Used before a noun designating something considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
          No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
          God save the Queen!
        2. Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is usually of most concern or most common or familiar.
          No one in the whole country had seen it before.
          I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
          Take me to the airport/station/hospital/office/park/match/meeting.
        3. Used before a body part, a family member, a pet (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.
          A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
          How's the wife? (= "How is your wife?")
        4. (colloquial) Precedes a familiar nickname or other term of address.
          How's the Sal today?
          "How are you, Sal?"
        5. Used in many idiomatic expressions and proverbs to refer to common objects, roles, or situations connected with something definite, as by analogy
          square the circle; feel the pinch; beat around the bush; throw the baby out with the bathwater
    2. When stressed, indicates that it describes something which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.
      That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
      • 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
        "Good Heavens, man! Why, he is the authority. If you want pure laboratory experiments those are the books."
      • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club:
        “New Kid On The Block” doubles as a terrific showcase for the Sea Captain who, in the grand tradition of Simpsons supporting characters, quickly goes from being a stereotype to an archetype, from being a crusty sea-captain character to the crusty sea-captain character.
    3. Used before a noun phrase beginning with superlative or comparative adjective or an ordinal number, indicating that the noun refers to a single item.
      That was the juiciest apple pie ever.
      May the better man win.
    4. Introducing a singular term to be taken generically: preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.
      The downy woodpecker can be found in the same environments as the hairy woodpecker.
    5. Used with the plural of a surname to indicate the entire family.
      The Bushes have held political office for several decades and the Kennedys longer.
  2. Used with an adjective
    1. Added to a superlative or an ordinal number to make it into a substantive.
      That apple pie was the best.
    2. Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.
      Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
      One doesn't choose the color of one's chess pieces, the white are assigned to the player who moves first.
    3. Used before an demonym to refer to people of a given country collectively.
      the Chinese
      the Irish
Usage notes
Alternative forms
  • da (d'), teh (informal or dialectal)
  • de (eye dialect, AAVE)
  • t' (Northern England)
  • th' (poetic, usually before a vowel sound)
  • ye (archaic), ye (archaic, abbreviation), (archaic, abbreviation)
  • ẏe (obsolete), e (obsolete, abbreviation)
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
References
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Etymology 2

From Middle English the, thy, thi, from Old English þē̆, probably a neuter instrumental form ("by that, thereby")—alongside the more common þȳ and þon—of the demonstrative pronoun ("that"). Compare Dutch des te ("the, the more"), German desto ("the, all the more"), Norwegian fordi and Norwegian av di ("because"), Icelandic því (the; because), Faroese , Swedish ty.

Adverb

the (not comparable)

  1. With a comparative or with more and a verb phrase, establishes a correlation with one or more other such comparatives.
    The hotter(,) the better. (comma usually omitted in such very short expressions)
    The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
    The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children.
    It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
  2. With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with none.
    It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
    It was a difficult time, and I’m {none - not any} the wiser for it.
    I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.
  3. (with a superlative adjective) Beyond all others.
    We went the furthest under her leadership.; The they trusted him the most.
Usage notes

This is called the "comparative correlative", but it is also known as the "correlative construction", the "conditional comparative", or the "the...the construction".

Derived terms
Translations
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Etymology 3

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Preposition

the

  1. For each; per.
    valued at half a pound the bushel; paying seven dollars the year interest
    • 1837, James Edward Alexander, Narrative of a Voyage of Observation Among the Colonies of Western Africa, in the Flag-ship Thalia; and of a Campaign in Kaffir-land, on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief, in 1835, volume 1, London: Henry Colburn, pages 251–2:
      Next morning I was up at an early hour, to see the market held near the water gate. The beef was excellent: but at the high prices of ten-pence and one shilling the pound; mutton at the same price; fowls a dollar the couple, and showing “more feathers than flesh.”
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:the.

Etymology 4

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Noun

the (uncountable)

  1. A topology name.

See also

References

  • the”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

Anagrams

Crimean Gothic

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *sa.

Article

the

  1. the
    • placed the article tho or the before every word]

Usage notes

While it is likely that Crimean Gothic retained grammatical gender, de Busbecq's letter does not mention which articles are used with which words, making it impossible to reconstruct their gender.

Danish

Noun

the c

  1. Alternative spelling of te (tea)
    • 2016, Thorkild Hansen, Genklang: Rejser og portrætter 1959-89, Gyldendal A/S, →ISBN:
      Vi vågnede ved 6tiden og lavede dejlig the.
      We got up at about 6 AM and made lovely tea.
    • 2015, Lotte Heise, Tina Bryld, Selvfølgelig skal hun bo hos mig: om at bo med sin handicappede mor, Gyldendal A/S, →ISBN:
      Hun smiler over hele femøren, da duften af te breder sig: ”Uha, dejlig the.”
      She smiles broadly, as the scent of tea spreads: ”Oh, lovely tea.”

Declension

Eastern Arrernte

Pronoun

the

  1. I (first person singular pronoun)

References

Hadza

Pronunciation

Pronoun

the m (fem. theko)

  1. you (thou)

Related terms

Interlingua

Pronunciation

Noun

the (plural thes)

  1. tea

Irish

Pronunciation

Adjective

the

  1. Lenited form of te.

Italian

Noun

the

  1. Misspelling of .

Middle English

Etymology 1

Article

the

  1. Alternative form of þe (the)

Etymology 2

Pronoun

the

  1. Alternative form of þe (thee)

Etymology 3

Pronoun

the

  1. Alternative form of þei (they)

Etymology 4

Verb

the

  1. Alternative form of theen

Murrinh-Patha

Noun

the

  1. ear

See also

  • ye (incorporated noun)

References

  • Mark Abley (2003) Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (in Murrinh-Patha)

Old High German

Alternative forms

Particle

the (indeclinable, relative)

  1. that, who, which

References

  1. Braune, Wilhelm. Althochdeutsches Lesebuch, zusammengestellt und mit Glossar versehen

Old Saxon

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *sa. The original s- was replaced by th- by analogy with the other forms, but still preserved in the variant .

Determiner

thē

  1. that, that one
    them uuīha uuīsa lēstean: To obey that holy wise.
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle Low German: de
    • Low German: de

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *þa, from Proto-Indo-European *tó, *te-.

Particle

the (indeclinable, relative)

  1. that, who, which

Phalura

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

Postposition

the (تھےۡ)

  1. to
  2. for
  3. at

References

  • Liljegren, Henrik, Haider, Naseem (2011) Palula Vocabulary (FLI Language and Culture Series; 7)‎, Islamabad, Pakistan: Forum for Language Initiatives, →ISBN

Scots

Etymology

From Old English se.

Determiner

the

  1. the

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

Borrowed from English the, which sounds similar to Serbo-Croatian da.

Conjunction

the (no known Cyrillic variant)

  1. (Internet slang) Alternative spelling of da
    neki kreten the ih drka emotivno
    some jerk to fuck with them emotionally
    the ovo okačim na fb wall, garant ne bih opstala od borKINJa za ženska prava
    if I posted this on my FB wall, I surely wouldn't survive the women rights fighters

South Slavey

Etymology

Cognates include Dogrib whe.

Pronunciation

Noun

the (stem -dhe-)

  1. belt

Inflection

References

  • Keren Rice (1989) A Grammar of Slave, Berlin, West Germany: Mouton de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 38

Swedish

Noun

the n

  1. Alternative spelling of te (tea)

Declension

Declension of the 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative the theet theer theerna
Genitive thes theets theers theernas

Anagrams

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (SV: sa).

Noun

the

  1. a kind of silk gauze
See also
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Adjective

the (𦂛, 𫄋)

  1. having a strong and fragrant smell or flavor, usually overlaps with what described as "minty" or "citrusy" in English

See also

Derived terms

Welsh

Noun

the

  1. Aspirate mutation of te.

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
te de nhe the
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Yola

Article

the

  1. Alternative form of a (the)
    • 1867, “A YOLA ZONG”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 12, page 88:
      Th' ball want a cowlee, the gazb maate all rize;
      The ball o'er shot the goal, the dust rose all about;

References

  • Jacob Poole (d. 1827) (before 1828) William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, published 1867, page 88