who BrE [huː] NAmE [huː] pronoun
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. 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. used to give more information about sb
. 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.
Idioms: who am I/who are you to do something? ▪ who's who
The Who [The Who] BrE NAmE a British pop group. It began as a mod group in the 1960s, and by the early 1970s was one of the most popular rock groups in the world. The members of the group were known for behaving wildly and sometimes destroying their equipment during their performances. The Who’s best-known records include My Generation (1965) and two rock operas (= stories told through a series of rock music songs), Tommy (1969) and Quadrophenia (1973). * WHO [WHO] BrE [ˌdʌbljuː eɪtʃ ˈəʊ] NAmE [ˈoʊ] abbreviation
[who] Old English hwā, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wie and German wer.
World Health Organization (an international organization that aims to fight and control disease)
a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services
Syn: World Health Organization
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|1.||Originally, an interrogative pronoun, later, a relative pronoun also; - used always substantively, and either as singular or plural. See the Note under What, pron., 1. As interrogative pronouns, who and whom ask the question: What or which person or persons? Who and whom, as relative pronouns (in the sense of that), are properly used of persons (corresponding to which, as applied to things), but are sometimes, less properly and now rarely, used of animals, plants, etc. Who and whom, as compound relatives, are also used especially of persons, meaning the person that; the persons that; the one that; whosoever.|
[He] should not tell whose children they were.
There thou tell'st of kings, and who aspire;
Who fall, who rise, who triumph, who do moan.
Adders who with cloven tongues
Do hiss into madness.
Whom I could pity thus forlorn.
How hard is our fate, who serve in the state.
Who cheapens life, abates the fear of death.
The brace of large greyhounds, who were the companions of his sports.
|2.||One; any; one.|
As who should say, it were a very dangerous matter if a man in any point should be found wiser than his forefathers were.
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