person

noun
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 sexes chairpersonspokesperson
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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No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20 Quotes About Peace That Will Inspire Tranquility in Your Life," 12 Apr. 2019 The five-person team worked with the finance and human resources departments to build the first bot. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Intuit CIO: Be Strategic About the Bots You Build," 11 Apr. 2019 Each person who comes to the Capitol Hill store by Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., will receive three tickets for entry. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Enter raffle for chance at the latest Yeezy Boost release," 1 Apr. 2019 And the other is the person who wants to do exotic things. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 The driver conversed quickly with the person on the line, and handed the call over to me. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How to Take a Better Passport Photo—Then Survive Losing It in Shanghai," 1 Apr. 2019 In the future, a conversation with a digital assistant will be indistinguishable from one with a person, according to Rohit Prasad. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "‘Alexa, Can You Be Empathetic, All-Knowing and Funny?’," 7 Mar. 2019 After three rounds of building stacks, each player selects one, starting with the person with the lowest Social Score. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Black Mirror card game isn’t soul-crushing enough to reflect the show," 8 Dec. 2018 This is literally defamation: the intention of this person is to hurt james's reputation based on a lie. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Addresses Racist Fake Screenshots Leaked on Twitter," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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person

noun

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

person

noun
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.

person

noun
per·​son

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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