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Princeton's WordNet

  1. World Health Organization, WHO(noun)

    a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services


  1. who(Noun)

    A person under discussion; a question of which person.

  2. who(Pronoun)

    What person or people; which person or people (used in a direct or indirect question).

  3. who(Pronoun)

    The person or people that.

    It was a nice man who helped us.

  4. Origin: hwa (dative hwam, genitive hwæs), from hwaz, from kʷos.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Who

    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

  2. Who

    one; any; one

  3. Origin: [OE. who, wha, AS. hw, interrogative pron., neut. hwt; akin to OFries. hwa, neut. hwet, OS. hw, neut. hwat, D. wie, neut. wat, G. wer, neut. was, OHG. wer, hwer, neut. waz, hwaz, Icel. hvat, neut., Dan. hvo, neut. hvad, Sw. ho, hvem, neut. hvad, Goth. hwas, fem. hw, neut. hwa, Lith. kas, Ir. & Gael. co, W. pwy, L. quod, neuter of qui, Gr. po`teros whether, Skr. kas. 182. Cf. How, Quantity, Quorum, Quote, Ubiquity, What, When, Where, Whether, Which, Whither, Whom, Why.]


  1. WHO

    WHO is a clear channel radio station broadcasting 50,000 watts on 1040 AM with a news/talk format. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. The station can be heard over most of the continental United States during nighttime hours. During daytime hours, its transmitter power and Iowa's flat land allows it to be heard in almost all of Iowa, as well as parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Who

    hōō, pron. (both rel. and interrog.) what person? which person.—pron. Whoev′er, every one who: whatever person.—Who but he, who else? he only.—As who should say, as if one should say.—The who (Shak.), who. [A.S. hwá; cog. with Goth. hwas, Ice. hver, Ger. wer; also with Sans. kas, Gr. pos, L. quis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. who

    Relating to a person or people.

    We always know who everyone is.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. WHO

    What does WHO stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the WHO acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'WHO' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #50

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHO' in Written Corpus Frequency: #94

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHO in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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