His Excellency; Her Excellency.
/hiː; unstressed iː/
refers to a male person or animal: he looks interesting, he’s a fine stallion
refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybody: everybody can do as he likes in this country
refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sex: a member of the party may vote as he sees fit
/heɪ; Hebrew he/
the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h
an expression of amusement or derision Also he-he!, hee-hee!
His (or Her) Excellency
Old English he (see paradigm of Old English third person pronoun below), from Proto-Germanic *hi- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch he, hi, Dutch hy, Old High German he), from PIE *ki-, variant of *ko-, the “this, here” (as opposed to “that, there”) root (cf. Hittite ki “this,” Greek ekeinos “that person,” Old Church Slavonic si, Lithuanian šis “this”), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in Old English. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early Middle English by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off Old English neuter hit to make modern it. The Proto-Germanic root also is the source of the first element in German heute “today,” literally “the day” (cf. Old English heodæg).
case SINGULAR – – PLURAL
– masc. neut. fem. (all genders)
nom. he hit heo, hio hie, hi
acc. hine hit hie, hi hie, hi
gen. his his hire hira, heora
dat. him him hire him, heom
Pleonastic use with the noun (“Mistah Kurtz, he dead”) is attested from late Old English. With animal words, meaning “male” (he-goat, etc.) from c.1300.
The symbol for the element helium.
The symbol for helium.
Her (or His) Excellency
His (or Her) Eminence
[hed-eyk] /ˈhɛdˌeɪk/ noun 1. a pain located in the head, as over the eyes, at the temples, or at the base of the skull. 2. an annoying or bothersome person, situation, activity, etc. /ˈhɛdˌeɪk/ noun 1. pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction […]
[hed-ey-kee] /ˈhɛdˌeɪ ki/ adjective 1. having a . 2. accompanied by or causing : a headachy cold. /ˈhɛdˌeɪkɪ/ adjective 1. suffering from, caused by, or likely to cause a headache
- Head and shoulders above
Greatly superior to, as in This book is head and shoulders above her first one. This expression transfers physical stature to other kinds of status. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Head-and-tail light
[hed-n teyl] /ˈhɛd n ˈteɪl/ noun 1. a small South American characin fish, Hemmigrammus ocellifer, having shiny red eyes and tail spots, often kept in aquariums.