player

play
noun play·er \ ˈplā-ər \

Definition of player

:one that plays: such as
a :a person who plays a game
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

Examples of player in a Sentence

  1. She's one of the team's best players.

  2. The band's lead guitar player hurt his hand and couldn't play.

  3. Piano players are called pianists.

Recent Examples of player from the Web

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First Known Use of player

14th century



PLAYER Defined for English Language Learners

player

play
noun

Definition of player for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

player

play
noun play·er \ ˈplā-ər \

Definition of player for Students

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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