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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Lorenzen’s willingness to publicly share his battle with obesity in recent years is what truly made him an everyman. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Jared Lorenzen was not Kentucky's best quarterback, but he was its most memorable," 10 July 2019 Whether his everyman persona can carry him far out of his state remains to be seen. Tara Golshan, Vox, "John Hickenlooper’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 Meanwhile, the everyman hero of the story is brought low, providing emotional stakes. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Exposé Entertainment Is the Surprise Hit of the Summer," 13 June 2019 Despite caviar's reputation as a decadent indulgence, the idea of popularizing the succulent sturgeon roe represents a return to its roots as an everyman's food. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Pearl Street Caviar strives to bring pricey delicacy to the masses," 5 June 2019 Ruiz is a skilled, tough fighter in the package of an everyman. Adam Kilgore, courant.com, "Heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr., once bullied for his weight, says ‘people can relate to me’," 5 June 2019 Our everyman’s glossary suggests risk is the chance your goals won’t be achieved during working years, or worse, running out of money during a 20- to 30-year retirement. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Learn these terms to become more confident in your savings and investing," 4 June 2019 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

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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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