noun, often capitalized
ev·​ery·​man | \ˈev-rē-ˌman \

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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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 Bourdain was a person who gave voice and status (sometimes too much) to the misfits of these unseen places, and who had such compassion for the everyman of the world trying to find joy amid a life bowed to power. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "He may have had a bad boy persona, but Anthony Bourdain was lovely, loyal and so damn smart," 9 June 2018 Greenblatt hits this note throughout the book, pointing out that even the worst of Shakespeare's tyrants often value popular support and try to curry it with sham-everyman gestures. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Tyrant' examines the evidence of popular attraction to demagogues as seen in Shakepeare's plays," 15 May 2018 But what’s undeniable is that Bolsonaro is luring in Brazilians of all socioeconomic classes by cutting an everyman image with his free-wheeling, politically incorrect style. Aline Oyamada, Bloomberg.com, "Traders (Secretly) Love the Most Offensive Candidate in Brazil," 16 May 2018 Walker's massive physique, booming voice and smooth delivery embodied the Western-era everyman. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Clint Walker, star of TV show 'Cheyenne,' dead at 90," 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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