noun, mem·ber often attributive \ˈmem-bər\

: someone or something that belongs to or is a part of a group or an organization

: a part of a structure (such as a building or a bridge)

: a body part (such as an arm or a leg)

Full Definition of MEMBER

:  a body part or organ: as
a :  limb
b :  penis
c :  a unit of structure in a plant body
:  one of the individuals composing a group
:  a person baptized or enrolled in a church
:  a part of a whole: as
a :  a syntactic or rhythmic unit of a sentence :  clause
b :  one of the propositions of a syllogism
c :  one of the elements of a set or class
d :  either of the equated elements in a mathematical equation

Examples of MEMBER

  1. The club has 300 members.
  2. She is a member of the House of Representatives.
  3. She is a member of Parliament.
  4. a member of the audience
  5. This bird is a member of the finch family.
  6. countries that are members of the United Nations
  7. a horizontal member of a bridge

Origin of MEMBER

Middle English membre, from Anglo-French, from Latin membrum; akin to Gothic mimz flesh, Greek mēros thigh
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of MEMBER

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required <they ran only part of the way>. portion implies an assigned or allotted part <cut the pie into six portions>. piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole <a puzzle with 500 pieces>. member suggests one of the functional units composing a body <a structural member>. division applies to a large or diversified part <the manufacturing division of the company>. section applies to a relatively small or uniform part <the entertainment section of the newspaper>. segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage <the retired segment of the population>. fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off <only a fragment of the play still exists>.

Rhymes with MEMBER

MEMBERS Defined for Kids


noun mem·ber \ˈmem-bər\

Definition of MEMBER for Kids

:  someone or something that is part of a group
:  a part (as an arm or leg) of a person or animal
:  a part of a structure <A supporting member of the roof gave way.>
Medical Dictionary


noun mem·ber \ˈmem-bər\

Medical Definition of MEMBER

:  a body part or organ <the thyroid gland may be the offending member—H. A. Overstreet>: as a :  limb b :  penis
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