person

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noun per·son \ ˈpər-sᵊn \

Definition of person

1 :human, individual sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes
  • chairperson
  • spokesperson
2 :a character or part in or as if in a play :guise
3 a :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
4 a 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

personhood

play \ˈpər-sᵊn-ˌhu̇d\ noun
in person
:in one's bodily presence
  • the movie star appeared in person

Examples of person in a Sentence

  1. She is a very nice person.

  2. I saw a person standing on the dock.

  3. Any person who wants a refund must have a receipt.

  4. Most people here are quite friendly.

  5. The tickets are $25 per person.

  6. The person at the front desk will be able to help you.

  7. The tax break is only applicable to persons in a high income bracket.

  8. I like her as a person, but she is not a very good writer.

  9. The disease is easily transmitted from person to person.

  10. The dogs discovered that the men were hiding drugs about their persons.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


PERSON Defined for English Language Learners

person

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noun

Definition of person for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

person

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noun per·son \ ˈpər-sᵊn \

Definition of person for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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

personhood

noun


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