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

Definition of everyman

: 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 When Morrison first ran for prime minister three years ago, the former marketing executive carefully cultivated his reputation as an Australian everyman, said Williams, the political scientist. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Curren$y is one of Fly Anakin’s heroes, and there’s an everyman quality to both rappers. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 Russell nails a reluctant everyman searching for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert in director Jonathan Mostow’s underrated, Hitchcockian thriller. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 17 Mar. 2022 Bornheimer will portray Patrick, Simone’s boyfriend and Tegan and Sara’s pseudo-stepdad, who is a gentle everyman. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 With his deadpan mien and dark eyes that shift fluidly between blank and befuddled, Scott is a superb fit for Severance's central everyman. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 7 Feb. 2022 Built on Black Diamond’s previous ice tool, the Fusion, which was designed to help elite climbers like Will Gadd win World Cup competitions, the Fuel is more of an everyman’s tool—lighter, easier to swing, and more forgiving all around. Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2014 This is most evident in bearish Quimet, played by Pujol Dolcet with the infectious warmth and coiled strength of an everyman Demián Bichir type. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2022 After all, Miranda is still married to Steve (David Eigenberg), the lovable bartender from Queens who won her heart with his everyman’s appeal. NBC News, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

29 Apr 2022

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“Everyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everyman. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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