person of interest

noun phrase

: a person who is believed to be possibly involved in a crime but has not been charged or arrested

Examples of person of interest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators identified William Ramirez as a person of interest, and a warrant related to charges of murder and arson was issued for his arrest, according to police. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 12 July 2024 His death has been ruled a homicide, and Morris has been named a person of interest in the investigation. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024 Gonzalez said detectives were not looking for any additional persons of interest. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 10 July 2024 Authorities identified 24-year-old Jose Alberto Sanchez as a person of interest in the shooting, according to the release. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for person of interest 

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of person of interest was in 1937

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“Person of interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/person%20of%20interest. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

person of interest

: a person who is believed to be possibly involved in a crime but has not been charged or arrested
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