Sincerely Yours | Meaning, Definition & Examples

Emails updated on  December 6, 2023 2 min read
Sincerely yours is commonly used as a sign-off before your name to end an email or letter. You typically use it when you’re writing to someone you already know to some extent.

Sincerely yours consists of the adverb sincerely (which means “genuinely”) and the possessive pronoun yours. The sign-off should always be followed by a comma. It’s used in a similar way to Yours truly, although that’s traditionally used for people you haven’t communicated with before. Nowadays, this distinction is no longer as strict.

Example: Sincerely yours
Dear Miss Levy,
I am writing to ask you about …
Sincerely yours,
Mercedes Akafi

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Yours sincerely or Sincerely yours

Yours sincerely and Sincerely yours are two variants of the same email sign-off. The word order depends on the variant of English you use

  • In American English, you use Sincerely yours.
  • In British English, you use Yours sincerely.
Example: Yours sincerely or Sincerely yours
Dear Mrs. Johnson,
I hope this email finds you well …
Sincerely yours/Yours sincerely,
Grey Ryan

Yours truly, faithfully, or sincerely

Sincerely yours is one of three common email sign-offs, along with Yours faithfully (or Faithfully yours) and Yours truly. The last two are used to sign-off an email to someone you haven’t communicated with before (e.g., when you begin the email with “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern”).

  • In American English, Yours truly is used as a formal sign-off in emails to people you haven’t communicated with before.
  • In British English, Yours faithfully is used in this context. “Yours truly” is sometimes used in British English, but it’s considered more informal. It’s best to use “Yours faithfully” in business emails.
Example: Yours truly vs Yours faithfully
Dear Sir or Madam,
I want to inform you about …
Yours truly/Yours faithfully,
Dolores Callas

Do you want to know more about common mistakes, commonly confused words, rhetorical devices, or other language topics? Check out some of our other language articles full of examples and quizzes.

Common mistakes

Commonly confused words


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Extended metaphor

Jist or gist

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Despite of

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Frequently asked questions about Sincerely yours

What does your sincerely mean?

Your sincerely is a common misspelling of the email sign-off Yours sincerely.

The phrase consists of the possessive pronoun “yours” and the adverb “sincerely” and does not make use of the possessive determiner “your.”

It’s used to end an email to someone you’ve already had correspondence with.

Is it yours truly or truly yours?

Yours truly is a common sign-off in formal correspondence. It’s typically used when you’re writing to someone you haven’t communicated with before.


Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

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