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From Middle English theires, attested since the 1300s. Equivalent to their + -s (compare -'s); formed by analogy to his. Displaced theirn (from Middle English theiren, formed by analogy to mine, thine) in standard speech.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ðɛəz/, /ðɛːz/
- (US) IPA(key): /ðɛɚz/, /ðɛɹz/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)z
- Homophone: there's
that which belongs to them