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 Jimmy Stewart plays the idealistic Jefferson Smith, an everyman Senator who goes up against the establishment, most notably in a filibuster of inspiring proportions. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "How Criterion Channel can give you the perfect film-school education in quarantine," 17 Apr. 2020 The actor continues to give us various versions of America’s everyman in a way that feels familiar and comfortable without being expected or predictable. SFChronicle.com, "Darkened Met to stream an opera a day," 17 Mar. 2020 The Pale Tourist Tour One of the most popular comedians of the last decade brings his everyman style of standup to Cleveland. cleveland, "Wizard World Cleveland and 10 more things to do in Cleveland, Friday, March 6," 6 Mar. 2020 Peter’s columns flow so easily because of his easy, egoless and everyman style. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "The NFL’s Anthem Policy: Impact on Players and Locker Rooms as League Ignores NFLPA Again," 29 May 2018 His go-to—dark suit, jeans, and lace-up shoes—have served him well over the years, and helped him carve out a unique and easygoing everyman style. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Keanu Reeves Is a Secret Italian Suiting Expert," 3 Apr. 2018 Designed to hit high at the waist and drop straight down to the hem, these jeans are a closet staple because of their everyman silhouette. Taylor Ayers, Marie Claire, "The Types of Jeans I'll Always Invest In," 19 Apr. 2020 Since earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1988 film Big, Hanks has embodied a particular sort of everyman status for audiences, like Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper before him. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Strange Weight of Tom Hanks’s Coronavirus Diagnosis," 12 Mar. 2020 From unknown to serious contender for the presidency in less than a year: This is real Mr. Smith stuff, a tribute to the everyman nature of democracy. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Creepy Pete," 7 Feb. 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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Everyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everyman. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of everyman

: the typical, ordinary person

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