person

noun
per·​son | \ ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce person (audio) \

Definition of person

1 : human, individual sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes chairpersonspokesperson
2 : a character or part in or as if in a play : guise
3a : one of the three modes of being in the Trinitarian Godhead as understood by Christians
b : the unitary personality of Christ that unites the divine and human natures
4a archaic : bodily appearance
b : the body of a human being also : the body and clothing unlawful search of the person
5 : the personality of a human being : self
6 : one (such as a human being, a partnership, or a corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties
7 : reference of a segment of discourse to the speaker, to one spoken to, or to one spoken of as indicated by means of certain pronouns or in many languages by verb inflection
in person
: in one's bodily presence the movie star appeared in person

Other Words from person

personhood \ ˈpər-​sᵊn-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce person (audio) \ noun

Examples of person in a Sentence

She is a very nice person. I saw a person standing on the dock. Any person who wants a refund must have a receipt. Most people here are quite friendly. The tickets are $25 per person. The person at the front desk will be able to help you. The tax break is only applicable to persons in a high income bracket. I like her as a person, but she is not a very good writer. The disease is easily transmitted from person to person. The dogs discovered that the men were hiding drugs about their persons. See More
Recent Examples on the Web People over 60 have generally gone back to shopping in person. Erin Prater, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2022 About 9,400 researchers, doctors, biotech executives, and patient advocates attended AAIC virtually or in person this week at the San Diego Convention Center. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Federal regulators made access to the pills even easier during the pandemic by dropping the requirement for an in-person visit and allowing the drugs to be mailed to patients after a virtual appointment. Roni Caryn Rabin, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 That hasn’t stopped the bickering, online and in person, between the two groups. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 In the 1950s, sociologist Erving Goffman wrote that people want to put forward their best selves in any performative scenario, in-person or otherwise, to avoid social stigma. Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 However, seeing them in person might be a bit more troublesome because the Moon is set to be so bright this year. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 6 Aug. 2022 Over five months, Johnson and her sisters made dozens of calls, sent emails and had two in-person meetings at a local Department of Human Services office to try to get staff to understand that their mother had been incorrectly denied benefits. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 This is a major shift from a year ago, when twice as many people were fully remote and nearly 10 percent fewer were working only in person. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of person

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for person

Middle English, from Anglo-French persone, from Latin persona actor's mask, character in a play, person, probably from Etruscan phersu mask, from Greek prosōpa, plural of prosōpon face, mask — more at prosopopoeia

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“Person.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/person. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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person

noun
per·​son | \ ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce person (audio) \

Kids Definition of person

1 : a human being considered as an individual I had never heard a person speak Arabic.
Hint: The word person is sometimes used in compounds especially to avoid man in words that apply to both sexes. chairperson
2 : the body of a human being Keep your person neat.

person

noun
per·​son

Legal Definition of person

2 : the body of a human being also : the body and clothing of a human being had drugs on his person
3 : one (as a human being or corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties — see also juridical person, legal person, personality

Other Words from person

personhood noun

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