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third person

noun

Simple Definition of third person

  • grammar : a set of words or forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to people or things that the speaker or writer is not addressing directly

  • : a writing style that uses third person pronouns and verbs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of third person

  1. 1a :  a set of linguistic forms (as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to one that is neither the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur nor the one to whom that utterance is addressed <“they” is a pronoun of the third person>b :  a linguistic form belonging to such a setc :  reference of a linguistic form to one that is neither the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs nor the one to whom that utterance is addressed <referred to himself in the third person>

  2. 2 :  a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the third person <the story was written in the third person>

Examples of third person in a sentence

  1. a story written in the third person



Circa 1586

First Known Use of third person

circa 1586


THIRD PERSON Defined for Kids

third person

noun

Definition of third person for Students

  1. :  a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to people or things that are not being addressed directly




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