ons

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See also: öns, -ons, and Ons

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch ons, from Middle Dutch ons, from Old Dutch uns, from Proto-Germanic *uns, *unsiz.

Pronoun[edit]

ons

  1. we (subject)
  2. us (object)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch ons, inflected onze, from Middle Dutch onse, from Old Dutch *unsa, from Proto-Germanic *unseraz.

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Determiner[edit]

ons

  1. our

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Etymology 3[edit]

From Dutch ons, from Middle Dutch unce, from Latin uncia.

Noun[edit]

ons

  1. ounce (unit of measurement)

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch ons, from Old Dutch uns, from Proto-Germanic *uns, *unsiz.

Pronoun[edit]

ons (personal)

  1. us (objective form of wij or we)
    Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood.
    Give us today our daily bread.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Dutch *unsa, from Proto-Germanic *unseraz.

Determiner[edit]

ons (dependent possessive, independent possessive onze, inflected form onze)

  1. (neuter) our
    Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood.Give us our daily bread
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Usage notes[edit]

Only used with singular neuter nouns in dependent clauses; onze is used in all other situations as an independent possessive as well as with male and female nouns.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle Dutch unce (1240), borrowed from Latin uncia (a twelfth of a pound) probably via Old French once. [1]

Noun[edit]

ons n (plural onsen or onzen, diminutive onsje n)

  1. metric ounce (100 grams)
Usage notes[edit]

Prior to the law of 1820 that introduced the metric system in what then united both the Netherlands and Belgium a variety of measures ranging around ca 30 grams were known by this name. The law of 1820 attributed the name to the hectogram of 100 grams. In 1937 the IJkwet of the Netherlands officially abolished the term, but it is still commonly used.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ons

  1. accusative and dative of wi

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ons

  1. indefinite genitive plural of o

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ons

  1. ounce

Volapük[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ons

  1. (nominative plural of on) they (neuter or of mixed or unspecified gender)