Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: de, Dutch.
Your son has paid a soldier’s debt;
He only liv’d but till he was a man,
The which no sooner had his prowess confirm’d,
In the unshrinking station where he fought,
But like a man he dy’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
He put him in mind of the long pretence he had to be groom of the bed chamber, for the which he could not chuse but say, that he had the queen’s promise. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
Unhappy slave, and pupil to a bell,
Unhappy till the last, the kind releasing knell. Abraham Cowley.
I’ll march the muses Hannibal. Abraham Cowley.
The fair example of the heav’nly lark,
Thy fellow poet, Cowley, mark;
Above the stars let thy bold musick sound,
Thy humble nest build on the ground. Abraham Cowley.
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world. John Milton.
Night shades the groves, and all in silence lie,
All but the mournful philomel and I. Alexander Pope.
Who had th’ especial engines been to rear
His fortunes up unto the state they were. Daniel.
Th’ adorning thee with so much art
Is but a barb’rous skill,
’Tis like the pois’ning of a dart,
Too apt before to kill. Abraham Cowley.
In this scale worth, in t’other gold does lie. Abraham Cowley.
As all the considerable governments among the Alps are commonwealths, so it is a constitution the most adapted of any to the poverty of these countries. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
The (listen) is a grammatical article in English, denoting persons or things already mentioned, under discussion, implied or otherwise presumed familiar to listeners or readers. It is the only definite article in English. The is the most commonly used word in the English language, accounting for seven percent of all words. It is derived from gendered articles in Old English which combined in Middle English and now has a single form used with pronouns of either genders. The word can be used with both singular and plural nouns and with a noun that starts with any letter. This is different from many other languages which have different forms of the definite article for different genders or numbers.
a word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning
by that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
the, or (when emphatic) thē, demons. pron. usually called the definite article, used to denote a particular person or thing: also to denote a species. [A.S. the, rarely used as nom. masc. of def. art., but common as an indeclinable relative. Cf. That.]
the, adv. used before comparatives, as, 'the more the better.' [A.S. thý, by that, by that much, the instrumental case of the def. art.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
An article, aristocratic by birth and breeding, but which degenerates into an adjective in the sentence, "He is THE man of the hour."
A word to create a form of grammar or expression of language.
The joy we feel is amazing, we are so grateful to each other for what we all contribute.
Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'the' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1
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Rank popularity for the word 'the' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1
The numerical value of the in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of the in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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