play·​er ˈplā-ər How to pronounce player (audio)
: one that plays: such as
: a person who plays a game
a baseball player
a chess player
She's one of the team's best players.
: a person who plays a musical instrument
a piano player
: actor
… what drew these audiences was the emergence of the movie star from the ranks of the wholly anonymous players of a decade earlier.David Nasaw
: a device that reproduces recorded material (such as video images or music) from a usually specified medium
a CD player
: one actively involved especially in a competitive field or process : participant
a key player in politics
or less commonly playa US slang : a person and especially a man who has many lovers
Handsome and a well-paid professional, Keith, 35, chose to be a player, juggling a series of relatively brief and sometimes over-lapping intimate relationships with women.Michel Marriott
This album has a lot of sexual references. It's almost like Bobby's … a playa.Elliott Wilson

Note: The variant playa is more common in transcribed speech.

Examples of player in a Sentence

She's one of the team's best players. The band's lead guitar player hurt his hand and couldn't play. Piano players are called pianists.
Recent Examples on the Web Amador, called up to replace an injured player, got in 10 games and had six hits in 36 at bats, then got hurt and has since rejoined the Goats to continue his development. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 Did Smith know how many players have hit four homers in a game? Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 The irony is that Tucker effectively is being displaced on the Clippers by Nicolas Batum, the player the Clippers dealt last season to the 76ers in the deal that landed Tucker. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 July 2024 Later that evening, the musician and football player were captured leaving the backstage area at the end of the show together. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for player 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of player was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Player.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


play·​er ˈplā-ər How to pronounce player (audio)
: a person who plays a game
: actor
: a device for playing recorded material (as music)
an MP3 player

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