noun, often attributive
mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

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

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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

Examples of member in a Sentence

The club has 300 members. She is a member of the House of Representatives. She is a member of Parliament. a member of the audience This bird is a member of the finch family. countries that are members of the United Nations a horizontal member of a bridge
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Recent Examples on the Web The company has no Black executives among its eight top officers, and added its first Black board member in 2018. Fortune, "Netflix will move $100 million into Black-owned banks," 30 June 2020 But a Here With Us board member found a way to connect the animals with people. Washington Post, "Connect with rescued goats, pigs and cows by becoming a pandemic pen pal," 29 June 2020 Shaquille O’Neal, a Papa John's board member and franchise owner, came up with the idea for the 16-inch extra-large pizza that's topped with extra cheese and has 66 pepperoni. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Shaquille O'Neal and Papa John's Pizza launch Shaq-a-Roni Pizza with company's largest slices," 29 June 2020 Tene Franklin, another board member, said metro police might be involved in enforcement. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Face covering mandate in Nashville begins," 29 June 2020 One board member could have awarded Guerrero a 4 in the post-secondary category, while another gave him a 1. oregonlive, "Guerrero scores high marks for handling of coronavirus, budget crises but communication needs some work, school board says," 27 June 2020 Transgender lives, particularly in rural areas, are in constant danger, says Jojó Majercsik, a board member and spokesperson for Budapest Pride. Talid Magdi And Leroy Ah-ben, CNN, "Pride during a pandemic: Why visibility and connection still matter," 24 June 2020 The Woodlands Township board member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs does not support a recent proclamation supporting inclusion, equality and diversity in The Woodlands. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands Township director objects to LGBT wording in diversity proclamation," 23 June 2020 Steve is a board member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and on three chairs –– Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, New Economy Initiative and Empowerment Plan. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Who is Sheila Ford Hamp? Meet the Detroit Lions' new owner, tennis champion and Yale grad," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of member

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for member

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

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The first known use of member was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Member.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce member (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of member

: someone or something that belongs to or is a part of a group or an organization
technical : a part of a structure (such as a building or a bridge)
old-fashioned : a body part (such as an arm or a leg)


mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

Kids Definition of member

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.


mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

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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