pron. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to us: The original of the painting is ours. Their children are grown, but ours are still young.
[Middle English oures, from oure, our, from Old English ūre; see nes-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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