noun, often attributive mem·ber \ˈmem-bər\

Definition of member

  1. 1 :  a body part or organ: such asa :  limbb :  penisc :  a unit of structure in a plant body

  2. 2 :  one of the individuals composing a group

  3. 3 :  a person baptized or enrolled in a church

  4. 4 :  a part of a whole: such asa :  a syntactic or rhythmic unit of a sentence :  clauseb :  one of the propositions of a syllogismc :  one of the elements of a set or classd :  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

Origin and Etymology of member

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

First Known Use: 14th century

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


noun, often attributive mem·ber \ˈmem-bər\

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. 1 :  someone or something that is part of a group

  2. 2 :  a part (as an arm or leg) of a person or animal

  3. 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

  1. :  a body part or organ the thyroid gland may be the offending member—H. A. Overstreet: asa:  limbb:  penis

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