noun, often capitalized
ev·​ery·​man | \ ˈev-rē-ˌman How to pronounce everyman (audio) \

Definition of everyman

: the typical or ordinary person

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Examples of everyman in a Sentence

an actor who is seen as the image of everyman despite his superstar status, in his movies the actor is able to play the role of an everyman quite convincingly

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So imagine our surprise to find that, a decade later, Rogen has quietly transformed into a seriously stylish everyman! Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Seth Rogen Got Pretty Stylish All of a Sudden," 1 May 2018 Now that formal innovation in theater has itself become old hat, there seems to be a hunger for realism and the possibility of an everyman in the midst of identity politics. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 In daily, hours-long appearances on state TV, Maduro has cultivated an image of himself as a plain-speaking everyman motivated more by ideology than personal gain. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Maduro's stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case," 24 Aug. 2018 The Makita's slide-out grounds basket takes any normal ground coffee (this is an everyman coffeemaker—no need for fancy fru-fru coffee that’s ground to the consistency of powder). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Surprising Essentials: A Coffeemaker That's Tough Enough for the Garage," 14 Dec. 2018 English actor and martial artist Scott Adkins combines raw physical power and everyman charm in ways that can be tricky for filmmakers to showcase properly. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Tough guy Scott Adkins is the right fit for 'The Debt Collector'," 31 May 2018 Abadi’s office has repeatedly sought to portray the prime minister as an Iraqi everyman who eschews the traditional elitist trappings of power. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Iraqis vote in first national election after toppling of Islamic State," 12 May 2018 Abadi’s office has repeatedly sought to portray the prime minister as an Iraqi everyman who eschews the traditionally elitist trappings of power. Washington Post, "Iraqis vote in first national election after toppling of Islamic State," 14 May 2018 Then, there's Gerald Green, who represents the style of the everyman by wearing Houston sports throwback jerseys to every game. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Check out the fashion Rockets players display on way to arenas," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of everyman

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for everyman

Everyman, allegorical character in The Summoning of Everyman, 15th century English morality play

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The first known use of everyman was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of everyman

: the typical, ordinary person

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