Definition of who pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//huː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//huː//
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  1. 1  used in questions to ask about the name, identity or function of one or more people Who is that woman? I wonder who that letter was from. Who are you phoning? Who's the money for?
  2. 2  used to show which person or people you mean The people who called yesterday want to buy the house. The people (who) we met in France have sent us a card.
  3. 3  used to give more information about somebody Mrs Smith, who has a lot of teaching experience at junior level, will be joining the school in September. And then Mary, who we had been talking about earlier, walked in.
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    Word OriginOld English hwā, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wie and German wer.Idioms
    who am I, who are you, etc. to do something?
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    used to ask what right or authority somebody has to do something Who are you to tell me I can't park here?
    people’s names, jobs, status, etc. You'll soon find out who's who in the office. see also who’s who
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: who