• "They burnt the Shakespeare, breaking the spell."
    "They burnt the Shakespeare, breaking the spell."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pron. pl They The plural of he she, or it. They is never used adjectively, but always as a pronoun proper, and sometimes refers to persons without an antecedent expressed.They is used indefinitely, as our ancestors used man, and as the French use on; as, they say (French on dit), that is, it is said by persons not specified. "Jolif and glad they went unto here their] rest
      And casten hem them] full early for to sail."
      "They of Italy salute you.""Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"They butted each other gently." "They butted each other gently."
Snarl at Everybody They See 101 Snarl at Everybody They See 101
Had to Kiss Anybody They Brought To Me 238 Had to Kiss Anybody They Brought To Me 238
Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316 Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316
They Had Shot a Mule 163 They Had Shot a Mule 163
Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420 Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420
They All Follow They All Follow

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older
    • they The plural pronoun of the third person. It stands for a plural noun or pronoun preceding, or in place of one not expressed when pointed out by the situation. It is without gender-forms. Nom. they.
    • they Poss. their. Of or belonging to them: now always preceding the noun, with the value of an attributive adjective.
    • they Poss. theirs. That which belongs to them: always used without the noun, and having the value of a nominative or an objective.
    • they Obj. (acc.), them.
    • they Obj. (dat.), them.
    • they Used for those.
    • they A Middle English variant of though.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Chihuahua was named after the Mexican state where they were discovered
    • pl They thā pers. pron., of he, she, or it.
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  • Virgil
    “They are able because they think they are able.”
  • Washington Irving
    “They who drink beer will think beer.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “Men willingly believe what they wish.”
  • Virgil
    “They can because they think they can.”
  • Confucius
    “They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Clever men are good, but they are not the best.”


Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched - This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ('Don't count your chickens until they've hatched' is an alternative.)
Let the chips fall where they may - This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall - This idiom means that the more powerful have more to lose, so when they suffer something bad, it is worse for them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. þeir, they, properly nom. pl. masc. of , , þat, a demonstrative pronoun, akin to the English definite article, AS. , seó, ðæt, nom. pl. ðā,. See That
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The form thei, tha, that came into use in the north of England in the 13th cent., replacing the older hi, heo. It is the A.S. þá, nom. pl. of the definite article, prob. modified by Scandinavian influence.


In literature:

They are standing on the bottom-timbers on a spot they have selected for their wicked work, and which they have had some difficulty in finding.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The whole party started, but they found that although they had left an evil place they had also begun an evil march.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Where they are not much hunted they are easily approached, but otherwise they are shy enough.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
They loved each other more than they loved anything they created.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
They were able to follow Paul's trail a rod or so by the bent bushes, but then they lost it, and they stood conferring.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They see that things are not as they should be, and they would destroy everything to right them.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
They did not know fear, but they did not forget duty, and they were there to make peace among all the tribes along the Missouri.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
They was wild, an' they rustled more or less.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Here they live, and move, and have their being; here they are born, they grow, they wed, they rear families, they eat, and drink, and die.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
They were so dignified that they were haughty, and when they were haughty they were insolent.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In poetry:

We weep, we weep, we weep, in want and
They laugh, they laugh, they laugh, in tower
and hall!
"The Song Of The Poor" by Ernest Jones
Not that they wilfully deceive:
They fondly cherish
A constancy which they would grieve
To think might perish.
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray
They see To-morrow's heart,
They read To-morrow's face,
They grasp -- is it by art --
The far To-morrow's trace?
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
They called her, but she spoke no more,
And when they raised her head
She seemed as lovely as before,
Though all her bloom had fled;
But they grew pale at that they saw--
They knew that she was dead!
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
They made him a court, and they crown'd him a king;
Ah, who could have thought of so lovely a thing?
They found him so pretty, they gave him their hearts,
And some divine pity has taught them their parts!
"Deaf And Dumb" by Menella Bute Smedley
They came to tell your faults to me,
They named them over one by one;
I laughed aloud when they were done,
I knew them all so well before, —
Oh, they were blind, too blind to see
Your faults had made me love you more.
"Faults" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

Everywhere they teamed up, success was sure to follow, and when they were apart, they sometimes struggled.
They never officially confirmed they were a couple but we all know they were.
Susie and Sam could not help thinking about all of the times they visited the magic land by saying "Tabooka," and since they were just sitting in their back yard, they felt it was time for another adventure.
"They got jewelry, they got guns, they got coins, they got a bunch of stuff so I'm going to have to fast check it when I get there," said Donnie.
New research shows that, whether or not they wear purity rings or make other pledges that they will protect their virginity, more than half of American teenagers become sexually active before they get married.
The resident says families are burying their loved ones in gardens at home, because they're afraid that if they venture out to cemeteries, they'll also be killed.
Even if they have started to root, they can be moved or redirected so that they are not crowded or growing into areas where they are not wanted.
Yep, they dated for 5 years then got to a point where they realized they wanted different things out of the relationship.
The Titans are in control against the Colts because they look like the team they thought they could be when they were put together.
If they do, maybe they will get an idea where they need to create jobs.
They didn't get him as much as they rushed him, but they were around him a lot.
The parents said they became frustrated after the school administrators failed to stop the bullying , which they said they first reported in November 2011.
They decided they needed some money, so they asked if they could clean the house $1 for each chore.
Each time they call a name, in my head, I whisper "here" because I think it's important that even though they've died for their country, they're still here with us," said Hannah Owen, Texas A&M student.
They find themselves doing things they never before dreamed they would do.

In science:

With commutativity, they can be permuted so that they are in the same order.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
They also estimated that the X-ray luminosities of z ≈ 0.5–1 galaxies should be at least an order of magnitude higher than they are today.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
They are true for j = 0, so let us suppose they are true for j .
Number Operator Algebras
They need not be identical; they can also be weakly dependent.
Monte Carlo: Basics
If two or more vehicles are moving in the same direction, they can’t all be placed at this distance because they would overlap.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System