Meaning of ze in English:


Pronunciation /ziː/


third person singular
  • Used instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ to refer to a person of unspecified or non-binary gender previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘I understood exactly what ze meant’
    • ‘Ze wanted to put an end to it.’
    • ‘Ze just said ze was happy to help.’
    • ‘I was so glad ze asked.’
    • ‘Ze thought of hirself as different from other female-assigned children growing up.’
    • ‘When ze thought it over afterwards, it occurred to hir that ze ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural.’
    • ‘I don't have an issue calling a student by a name that she or he or ze prefers.’
    • ‘Ze thinks ze's trapped you.’
    • ‘Ze could be whatever ze wanted.’
    • ‘Ze felt that ze was dozing off.’
    • ‘Ze loves zir family and is very close to zir brother.’


Mid 19th century (in an isolated use): from Z (chosen as representing a sound not used in other pronouns) + -e as in he or she.