—used as a function word before a noun or a substantivized adjective to indicate reference to a group as a whole <the We>
Origins, late Old English þe, nominative masculine form of the demonstrative pronoun and adjective. After c.950, it replaced earlier se (masc.), seo (fem.), þæt (neuter), and probably represents se altered by the th- form which was used in all the masculine oblique cases.
We Are THE Ryan, bitches. 😉
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