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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Recent Examples on the Web

These initial matches first consisted of players trying to stack as many bales of hay as possible. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 Other than a fresh locale, the big changes for FH4 are in the number of simultaneous players—now up to 72 in a session—and seasonal transitions that join dynamic day-to-night-to day lighting and dynamic weather to keep the place looking fresh. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Today, Epic Games announced a partnership with the National Football League that will bring a variety of jersey cosmetics that players can wear. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite will start selling NFL skins this week," 5 Nov. 2018 Many people took to Twitter to meme-ify Gaga’s outfit choice, with most of the jokes centered around the suit’s similarity to what NBA players would sometimes wear off the basketball court. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Suit Might Be a Meme But She Actually Wore It For an Important Reason," 17 Oct. 2018 Instead, football players will wear helmet decals with her initials to mourn the loss. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Celia Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain mourns her death: 'She was in the best moment of her life'," 19 Sep. 2018 The latest basketball technology is making players better faster than ever before. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "A Basketball Star Is Taking 100,000 Shots This Year. She’s in Sixth Grade.," 28 Feb. 2019 But just as Pan Am struggled to make its moon program a reality, commercial aerospace players like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic have so far failed to deliver on their grandiose schemes. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Machado gives San Diego one of baseball’s best players still in his prime. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado," 20 Feb. 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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