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Language: Old English
Origin:

his

determiner, pronoun
     
his S1 W1 [possessive form of 'he']
1 used to refer to something that belongs to or is connected with a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned:
Leo took off his coat and sat down.
I love his sense of humour, don't you?
Even his own mother would not have recognized him.
My eyesight is better than his.
Lewis denies that the child is his.
My relatives all live in the States - his are in France.
of his
Garry introduced us to some friends of his.
Perhaps he's ashamed of that car of his.
2 used to refer to something that belongs to or is connected with someone who may be male or female. Some people think this use is old-fashioned:
Everyone had his own work to do.
the obligations of a doctor to his patients
! see note at they

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