all y'all

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Contraction of all of you all. Follows from y'all.

Pronoun[edit]

all y'all

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US, regional, dialect, Southern US, colloquial) Plural form of you.
    • 1887, Thomas Nelson Page, In ole Virginia: or, Marse Chan, and other stories, page 160:
      Dyah dee come! Now watch 'em smile. All y'all jes stand back. Heah de one you lookin' for.

Usage notes[edit]

  • All y'all is used in the Southern United States when a speaker wishes to include everyone being addressed. Y'all may refer to an indefinite set of members of a group, but all y'all definitively includes everyone in the group.

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