player

noun
play·​er | \ ˈplā-ər How to pronounce player (audio) \

Definition of player

: one that plays: such as
a : a person who plays a game
b : musician
c : actor
d : a device that reproduces recorded material (such as video images or music) from a usually specified medium a CD player
e : one actively involved especially in a competitive field or process : participant a key player in politics
f 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.

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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.
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An aspiring sports agent and a former consultant for Adidas AG were found guilty of bribery charges Wednesday, in a scheme to pay college basketball coaches to steer star players to sign with a fledgling sports-management company. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Mixed Verdict in College Basketball Bribery Scheme," 8 May 2019 For Alex Rodriguez, champion baseball player, practice makes perfect. Vogue, "There’s a Reason Why Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s Engagement Instagram Was So Perfect," 17 Apr. 2019 Wrightsman overcame childhood illness to become a World War I aviator, a crack polo player, and an avaricious but discriminating collector. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 But with the launch of his eponymous e-commerce collection, he is poised to become a major player in the home-furnishings industry, with products that will eventually encompass every aspect of a person’s home, from floor to ceiling. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019 According to the Daily Mail, English football player Ashley Cole was desperate to date Meghan back in the day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Ahead of its sure-to-be-mind-blowing conclusion, Adidas joined forces with Game of Thrones to design a line inspired by the houses and major players of the Seven Kingdoms. Allure, "Adidas Released a Collection of," 25 Mar. 2019 She was linked to several celebrities, including a professional hockey player and a few actors. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Glenn Close's Husbands and Relationships," 24 Feb. 2019 In the video, A. Rod promises behind-the-scenes looks at him and his family, as well as personal stories, memories from his long career as a baseball player, and news from his company (A. Rod Corp). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Growing Closer Professionally," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of player

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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player

noun

English Language Learners Definition of player

: a person who plays a sport or game
: a person who performs music usually on a particular instrument
: a machine that causes recorded sounds or pictures to be heard or seen

player

noun
play·​er | \ ˈplā-ər How to pronounce player (audio) \

Kids Definition of player

1 : a person who participates in a game
2 : a person who produces sound on a musical instrument
3 : a device that reproduces sounds or video images that have been recorded (as on magnetic tape or a hard drive)

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