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first-per·​son ˈfərs(t)-ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce first-person (audio)
variants or less commonly first person
: of, relating to, or occurring in the first person
a first-person narrative
a first-person verb form
: experienced as if through the eyes of an avatar (as in a video game)
As 3-D first-person games evolved, … visual verisimilitude improved …Ian Bogost
When playing as the lead guitarist in first person mode players will see fans react to how they play.Sean Michael
see also first-person shooter

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: a set of linguistic forms (such as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur
: a linguistic form belonging to such a set
: reference of a linguistic form to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs
: a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the first person

Examples of first-person in a Sentence

Noun She always wrote in the first person. The sentence “I was born in Maine” is written in the first person.
Recent Examples on the Web
Russian and Ukrainian forces are increasingly using these first-person–view drones, combined with other low-tier drones used for reconnaissance and targeting, to suppress opposing forces. Paul Lushenko, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 The Prime Video Sports film, produced by Words + Pictures and directed by Kristen Lappas, marks the first time Giannis's family has given first-person accounts on their collective journey. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 These first-person accounts have been lightly edited and condensed. Danny Nguyen, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Chuck spent years defending himself, including via a lengthy first-person accounting in New York’s Village Voice in 2012. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are super-popular open-world adventure titles, while Borderlands 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 are blockbuster first-person shooters. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 Long after leaving Coleco, when video games were vastly more sophisticated, Ms. Jaquays designed levels for the first-person shooters Quake II and III and the military strategy game Halo Wars. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Videos produced by Ukrainian and Russian soldiers show the drones, which are often first-person view (FVP) drones, being used to attack tanks and troops. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 30 Jan. 2024 But how about reimagining Star Fox 64 as a top-down shoot-em-up or a first-person, VR version of Bubble Bobble? Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of first-person was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near first-person

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Cite this Entry

“First-person.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

first person

: a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to the person speaking or writing them
: a writing style making use of pronouns and verbs of the first person
first person narration
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