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 Driver is impressive as usual, but shows more warmth here as an everyman with foibles who is willing to go to desperate lengths to fight for his child and career. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "'Marriage Story' is emotionally devastating," 26 Nov. 2019 Obviously this isn't an electric truck for the everyman, and at $125,000, a Bollinger will cost twice as much as one of Rivian's SUVs or pickups. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bollinger Motors reveals the price of its hand-built EVs—$125,000," 24 Oct. 2019 Ford is a blend of annoying and everyman, which was probably intentional. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Daybreak': TV Review," 23 Oct. 2019 Sims: Song Kang-ho [who stars as the Kim father] often plays a sort of noble buffoon for you, an everyman, someone the audience can sympathize with. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How Bong Joon-ho Invented the Weird World of Parasite," 15 Oct. 2019 An everyman in pressed khakis, the Republican mayor has led Danbury for 18 years, the longest tenure in the city’s history. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "After 18 years as mayor, Danbury’s Mark Boughton faces his toughest reelection campaign yet," 29 Sep. 2019 That size and those colorful nicknames carried a wonderful everyman quality that resonated with fans far beyond Kentucky’s borders. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "There will never be another like Kentucky football great Jared Lorenzen," 3 July 2019 His persona is pointedly that of a fallible everyman, who has simply trained himself to observe his fellow humans more carefully than most of us do. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Being Brainwashed Into Joy in Derren Brown’s ‘Secret’," 15 Sep. 2019 Written under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, King's dystopian novel tells the story of Ben Richards, a tragic everyman who volunteers for a lethal game of hide and seek in order to solve his family's crippling financial problems. Matthew Chernov, chicagotribune.com, "10 Stephen King films that deserve remakes," 5 Sep. 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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Everyman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everyman. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of everyman

: the typical, ordinary person

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