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

Other Words from person

personhood \ ˈpər-​sᵊn-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce person (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Jean-Pierre is the first Black and out LGBTQ person to hold the position. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 15 May 2022 Peery was named after the late ASU coach and 1981 College World Series champion Jim Brock and is the only person to wear No. 33 since Brock. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 Wanda is a wise person who has loved, lost and been to therapy. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 To be a good product person, hang out with good product people. Carl Rodrigues, Forbes, 13 May 2022 NBC News hasn’t independently verified whether Barnette was indeed the person who wrote the petition. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Whether Rufus Teague was a real person is hard to tell from a Google search. cleveland, 13 May 2022 The defense maintains, at his core, Duggar is a good person who cares deeply for his family and the well-being of all those around him. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 At one time, Cody Lyster was the youngest person to die of COVID-19 complications in Colorado. David Begnaud, CBS News, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Person.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/person. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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