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They (&thlig_;&ā;), pron. pl.; poss. Theirs; obj. Them. [Icel. þeir they, properly nom. pl. masc. of s&ā;, s&ū;, þat, a demonstrative pronoun, akin to the English definite article, AS. s&ē;, seó, ðæt, nom. pl. ð&ā;. See That.] 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.
Jolif and glad they went unto here [their] rest Chaucer.
And casten hem [them] full early for to sail.
They of Italy salute you. Heb. xiii. 24.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matt. v. 6.
&hand_; 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.