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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The big slugger also went deep in the first against two-way player Brendan McKay as New York extended its AL East lead over Tampa Bay to a season-high 8 1/2 games., "Judge hits 2nd HR of game in 11th, Yankees beat Rays 8-4," 6 July 2019 Beds are built on platforms to prevent people from hiding beneath them, doors purposely don’t open wide enough to shield players from prying eyes, and there is even a camera in the bathroom stall. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "We went behind the scenes of the new ‘Big Brother’ house in Studio City," 6 July 2019 Drown will be live again at 9:30 a.m. to show the ceremonial first pitch inside Play Ball Park featuring Indians Hall of Famer Carlos Baerga and former Olympic softball player Natasha Watley. Hannah Drown,, "See ceremonial first pitch, reporter Hannah Drown zipline MLB All-Star Game’s Play Ball Park on Facebook Live this morning," 5 July 2019 Mitchell led all scorers with 16 points and was one of three Fever players to finish in double-digits. Indianapolis Star, "Fever match last season's win total, snap losing streak in 76-56 victory over Wings," 5 July 2019 Several former Kentucky and Louisville basketball players made headlines at the onset of the NBA free agency period. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Dominique's Dimes: Which ex-Louisville or UK player surprised most in NBA free agency?," 5 July 2019 Some of those will involve players such as Michel Baez, Adrian Morejon and/or Andres Munoz being called up from Triple-A in relatively short order. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Recognition will come with wins; Cordero, Castillo updates; Hosmer stays second; Wisler traded again," 5 July 2019 Orioles manager Brandon Hyde solved the problem of having six corner infield/outfield players for five spots by moving one — Anthony Santander — to center field for his first career start there Friday night. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles prospect Ryan McKenna finding groove at Double-A Bowie," 5 July 2019 Sophie Turner revealed her sparkly new wedding band in a video praising U.S. soccer player Alex Morgan. Ale Russian,, "Sophie Turner Shows Off Sparkly Wedding Band While Praising Alex Morgan's Tea-Sipping Celebration," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of player

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


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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