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

Davis, who led the majors wih 48 homers last year, is the A’s highest paid player after agreeing to a two-year extension that takes him through 2021 and that will pay him a total of $50 million over three seasons. Susan Slusser,, "Khris Davis moved down to 7th in A’s lineup," 17 Aug. 2019 Altman appears content to recruit five-star players and replace them after each season. John Canzano,, "John Canzano’s Top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports for 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 The Razer Lancehead is a great mouse for anyone, including left-handed players. Jess Grey, WIRED, "The Best Mouse for Every Kind of Gamer," 17 Aug. 2019 Celta escaped relegation by only five points last season but signed 11 players over the summer in an effort to improve the club. Jenna West,, "Celta De Vigo vs. Real Madrid Live Stream: Watch La Liga Online, TV Channel, Time," 17 Aug. 2019 Coaches assist the bedtime routine by requiring players to be in their rooms by 10 p.m. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Bruins raving about UCLA coach Chip Kelly’s nutrition, sleep and recovery program," 17 Aug. 2019 The game is a first-person shooter battle royale, where players fight to be the last one standing. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Apex Legends developer apologizes for controversial loot boxes," 17 Aug. 2019 Rattler claims that Arizona is the largest hotbed of talent for players at that position. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019 The next morning, the Breakers will visit Arlington National Cemetery, where four players will be granted the privilege to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Laguna Beach hopes to continue recent success," 17 Aug. 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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