ev·​ery·​man ˈev-rē-ˌman How to pronounce everyman (audio)
often capitalized
: the typical or ordinary person

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
Recent Examples on the Web Across a 45-year career in the movies, Koji Yakusho has worked with every major Japanese director of his generation and inhabited over 80 characters, spanning salarymen, samurai, yakuza gangsters, taxi drivers, journalists, cops, killers, heroes, dancers, seducers and everymen of all kinds. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 For the everyman who likes to host dinner parties, this aestheticism can create a certain pressure. Amelia Abraham, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2023 The laughs should come easy as the premise of an everyman in an out-of-control situation has given many comedic actors their best roles, though Ben Zazove and Evan Turner’s screenplay mostly resorts to juvenile humor of the broadest terms. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 7 July 2023 My everyman’s town car, an Uber, was scheduled to arrive at 8:15 to chauffeur me from my New Jersey apartment to Midtown. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 LaKeith Stanfield goes from biblical-era everyman to rising messiah in the first trailer for TriStar and Legendary Pictures’ The Book of Clarence. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 The 12 brand archetypes are: innocent, everyman, hero, outlaw, explorer, creator, rule, magician, lover, caregiver, jester and sage. Dan Serard, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2023 Feinberg was a gun collector and trophy hunter whose affectations of being a patriotic everyman included driving pickup trucks, drinking Budweiser, and hiring a former marine sniper to teach him long-distance shooting. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2023 Yay, meme-stock speculators!), but Dano is perfectly cast as the basement investor/everyman/folk hero Keith Gill, a.k.a. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of everyman was in 1901

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“Everyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everyman. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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