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
Recent Examples on the Web Even Kevin, the person who seems to be playing the everyman, is a model and influencer with a 12-pack whose Dior jackets are paid for by Russian-Japanese oil heiress Anna Shay. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Netflix's Bling Empire Is a Dazzling Reality Show—But Not One I Can Identify With," 15 Jan. 2021 Last week, actor Ben Affleck closed out one of the worst years on record by appearing to nearly drop a tray full of iced coffees and Dunkin’ munchkins, a relatable, everyman moment caught on camera that was brimming with Boston clichés. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ben Affleck’s Dunkin’ coffee ‘fumble’ — and other sightings — has been a boon for clothing company Sully’s Brand," 7 Jan. 2021 The actor was crucial to conveying how an everyman would wrestle with an unthinkable tragedy. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "'Your Honor': Bryan Cranston on the impossible choices to protect a child in compelling Showtime miniseries," 4 Dec. 2020 Commuting every night on a train from Washington back to Wilmington, Biden fashioned an everyman political persona to go along with powerful Senate positions, including chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States; Trump disputes election results," 7 Nov. 2020 Both candidates this year fiercely fought for the states, with Biden's everyman political persona resonating in blue-collar towns while his campaign also pushed to increase turnout among Black voters in cities like Detroit and Milwaukee. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Biden on the brink, one state victory from the White House," 5 Nov. 2020 But McHardy’s has always been about boutique-quality chicken on an everyman’s budget. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New Orleans chicken master turns to fried turkey for the holidays (and no, it’s not Popeyes)," 23 Nov. 2020 Remarkably cheap and easy to use, this everyman technology swept across the world and enabled the democratization of genome editing. Adrian Woolfson, Washington Post, "With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future," 20 Nov. 2020 And now, portions of these discerning travel guides are available to the everyman for free on Apple Maps. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Louis Vuitton's Curated Travel Guides Are Now Available on Apple Maps," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

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“Everyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everyman. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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: the typical, ordinary person

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