Meaning of SELF in English

I. ˈself, Southern also ˈsef pronoun

Etymology: Middle English (intensive pronoun), from Old English; akin to Old High German selb, intensive pronoun, and probably to Latin suus one's own — more at suicide

Date: before 12th century

: myself , himself , herself

a check payable to self

II. adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. obsolete : identical , same

2. obsolete : belonging to oneself : own


a. : having a single character or quality throughout ; specifically : having one color only

a self flower

b. : of the same kind (as in color, material, or pattern) as something with which it is used

self trimming

III. noun

( plural selves ˈselvz, Southern also ˈsevz)

Date: 13th century


a. : the entire person of an individual

b. : the realization or embodiment of an abstraction



(1) : an individual's typical character or behavior

her true self was revealed

(2) : an individual's temporary behavior or character

his better self

b. : a person in prime condition

feel like my old self today

3. : the union of elements (as body, emotions, thoughts, and sensations) that constitute the individuality and identity of a person

4. : personal interest or advantage

5. : material that is part of an individual organism

ability of the immune system to distinguish self from nonself

IV. verb

Date: 1905

transitive verb

1. : inbreed

2. : to pollinate with pollen from the same flower or plant

intransitive verb

: to undergo self-pollination

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.