person of interest

noun phrase

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Police have not named him or anybody else as a suspect or person of interest. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023 The Pentagon and Justice Department launched investigations into the leak after the documents were discovered online and Teixeira is considered by intelligence and law enforcement officials to be a person of interest. Peter Martin, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2023 Detectives are actively investigating the homicide and have developed a person of interest. Josie Howell |, al, 9 Apr. 2023 There are currently no suspects or persons of interest in the case, authorities said. Will Mcduffie, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2023 Police have yet to identify any suspects or persons of interest. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 Detectives are interviewing a person of interest, police said. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023 FitsNews exclusively reported last week that SLED has zeroed in on Patrick Wilson and Shawn Connelly as persons of interest in the homicide. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2023 Investigators have identified several persons of interest, CBS affiliate WGFL-TV reported. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Person of interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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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