player

noun
play·​er | \ ˈplā-ər \

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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However, the modern NFL uses a number of tricks to keep its players warm during even the most frigid football game day. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Epic does dangle a carrot for its Fortnite players to turn 2FA on in the form of free, exclusive in-game cosmetics, but the company doesn't require 2FA to log in to any of its games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Fortnite’s paid outfits, dances have made it a target for lucrative account theft," 20 Dec. 2018 The entire Riverdance crew stayed there for about a week, including their jolly, rugged Celtic bagpipe player. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels," 30 Nov. 2018 Fox Searchlight Lady Sarah has effectively ruled the realm for years, deftly manipulating its main players — including Anne — and living a comfortable life at the top of the heap. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 Sadly, this flick didn't have much more going for it than its star players. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Definitive Ranking of the 8 Best Nicholas Sparks Movies," 20 Nov. 2018 There’s a movie profile, for example, that tries to boost the performance of your video player and controls background programs and tasks during movie viewing. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018 Having to cancel a project worth such an extraordinary amount would likely be the death knell for most new players in any field. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China," 2 Jan. 2019 As for the biggest players in mobile ads — Google and Facebook — there is some incentive to tout privacy. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president," 11 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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