Meaning of SELF in English


■ noun ( plural selves ) a person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.

↘a person's particular nature or personality.

↘one's own interests or pleasure.

■ pronoun ( plural selves )

1》 ( one's ~ ) used ironically to refer in specified favourable terms to one~ or someone else: a picture of my good ~.

2》 used on counterfoils, cheques, and other papers to refer to the holder or person who has signed.

■ adjective (of a trimming, woven design, etc.) of the same material or colour as the rest.

■ verb chiefly Botany ~-pollinate; ~-fertilize.


OE, of Gmc origin.

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