per·​son | \ ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce person (audio) \

Definition of person

1 : human, individual sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexeschairpersonspokesperson
2 : a character or part in or as if in a play : guise
3a : one of the three modes of being in the Trinitarian Godhead as understood by Christians
b : the unitary personality of Christ that unites the divine and human natures
4a archaic : bodily appearance
b : the body of a human being also : the body and clothing unlawful search of the person
5 : the personality of a human being : self
6 : one (such as a human being, a partnership, or a corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties
7 : reference of a segment of discourse to the speaker, to one spoken to, or to one spoken of as indicated by means of certain pronouns or in many languages by verb inflection
in person
: in one's bodily presence the movie star appeared in person

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Other Words from person

personhood \ ˈpər-​sᵊn-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce personhood (audio) \ noun

Examples of person in a Sentence

She is a very nice person. I saw a person standing on the dock. Any person who wants a refund must have a receipt. Most people here are quite friendly. The tickets are $25 per person. The person at the front desk will be able to help you. The tax break is only applicable to persons in a high income bracket. I like her as a person, but she is not a very good writer. The disease is easily transmitted from person to person. The dogs discovered that the men were hiding drugs about their persons.
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Recent Examples on the Web McConnell went along with that request, but when some Senate Republicans pushed back during lunch Tuesday, McConnell acquiesced and the White House said three days would be fine as long as the GOP stayed united, the person said. Philip Elliott, Time, "To Understand Mitch McConnell's Impeachment Priorities, Look at the 2020 Senate Map," 22 Jan. 2020 Some officials at the United Nations have viewed the report by FTI Consulting and are expected to publicly announce some of the findings as soon as Wednesday, the person said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Bezos’ Phone Was Likely Hacked by Chat Account Linked to Saudi Prince, Audit Finds," 22 Jan. 2020 The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has not released the name or any details about the driver, but said the person was was driving on Northeast 78th Street in Vancouver when the car and an ambulance collided. oregonlive, "Driver dies after head-on crash with an ambulance in Clark County," 22 Jan. 2020 The agreement would allow Tesla to deliver vehicles in Michigan, the person said. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Tesla can sell vehicles in Michigan under legal settlement," 21 Jan. 2020 The only person Sydney brings up is, obviously, Alayah, and when Alayah asks if anyone else feels the same way, no one speaks up. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelor Season 24, Episode 3 Recap: And You Thought Champagne-Gate Was Bad…," 21 Jan. 2020 The agreement also would allow Tesla to deliver vehicles in Michigan, the person said. Tom Krisher And David Eggert,, "Tesla can sell vehicles in Michigan under legal settlement," 21 Jan. 2020 There’s also a misconception that taking medication for mental health means a person is weak (though as many advocates have pointed out, most people wouldn’t balk at taking a prescription for a different health issue, such as high cholesterol). Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "For Me and Other Creatives With Mental Health Issues, Medication Can Be a Light in the Dark," 20 Jan. 2020 Galvez didn't specify whether the person said to have been armed with a machete was the one killed. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Sedona police kill individual during a call about someone armed with a machete," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of person

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for person

Middle English, from Anglo-French persone, from Latin persona actor's mask, character in a play, person, probably from Etruscan phersu mask, from Greek prosōpa, plural of prosōpon face, mask — more at prosopopoeia

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The first known use of person was in the 13th century

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Person.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of person

: a human being
: a person who likes or enjoys something specified
law : the body or clothing of a person especially when considered as a place to hide things


per·​son | \ ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce person (audio) \

Kids Definition of person

1 : a human being considered as an individual I had never heard a person speak Arabic.
Hint: The word person is sometimes used in compounds especially to avoid man in words that apply to both sexes. chairperson
2 : the body of a human being Keep your person neat.



Legal Definition of person

2 : the body of a human being also : the body and clothing of a human being had drugs on his person
3 : one (as a human being or corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties — see also juridical person, legal person, personality

Other Words from person

personhood noun

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