noun, often attributive mem·ber \ ˈmem-bər \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of member

1 : a body part or organ: such as
a : limb
b : penis
c : a unit of structure in a plant body
2 : one of the individuals composing a group
3 : a person baptized or enrolled in a church
4 : a part of a whole: such as
a : a syntactic or rhythmic unit of a sentence : clause
b : one of the propositions of a syllogism
c : one of the elements of a set or class
d : either of the equated elements in a mathematical equation

Examples of member in a Sentence

  1. The club has 300 members.

  2. She is a member of the House of Representatives.

  3. She is a member of Parliament.

  4. a member of the audience

  5. This bird is a member of the finch family.

  6. countries that are members of the United Nations

  7. a horizontal member of a bridge

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Origin and Etymology of member

Middle English membre, from Anglo-French, from Latin membrum; akin to Goth mimz flesh, Greek mēros thigh

Synonym Discussion of member

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required.
    • they ran only part of the way
portion implies an assigned or allotted part.
    • cut the pie into six portions
piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole.
    • a puzzle with 500 pieces
member suggests one of the functional units composing a body.
    • a structural member
division applies to a large or diversified part.
    • the manufacturing division of the company
section applies to a relatively small or uniform part.
    • the entertainment section of the newspaper
segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage.
    • the retired segment of the population
fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off.
    • only a fragment of the play still exists

MEMBER Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of member for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that belongs to or is a part of a group or an organization

  • : a part of a structure (such as a building or a bridge)

  • : a body part (such as an arm or a leg)

MEMBER Defined for Kids


noun mem·ber \ ˈmem-bər \

Definition of member for Students

1 : someone or something that is part of a group
2 : a part (as an arm or leg) of a person or animal
3 : a part of a structure
  • A supporting member of the roof gave way.

Medical Dictionary


noun mem·ber \ ˈmem-bər \

medical Definition of member

: a body part or organ
  • the thyroid gland may be the offending member
  • —H. A. Overstreet
: as
a : limb
b : penis

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