first person


first person

noun

: a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing

: a writing style that uses first person pronouns and verbs

Full Definition of FIRST PERSON

1
a :  a set of linguistic forms (as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur
b :  a linguistic form belonging to such a set
c :  reference of a linguistic form to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs
2
:  a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the first person

Examples of FIRST PERSON

  1. She always wrote in the first person.
  2. The sentence I was born in Maine is written in the first person.

First Known Use of FIRST PERSON

1520

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