Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A word coined, in 1858, by C. C. Converse, as a pronoun of the third person and of common gender designed to be substituted for the locutions ‘him or her,’ ‘his or hers,’ etc. It has been but little used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • pronoun rare they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
  • pronoun rare them (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular object pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns him and her.

Etymologies

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Proposed in 1858 by Charles Crozat Converse from that + one.

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