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 Just over 182,000 absentee ballots were requested by mail or in person as of April 26, according to the secretary of state's office. ABC News, 3 May 2022 While most of us were sitting at home judging from our couches, Lizzo experienced Kardashian's vintage glamour moment in-person as Kardashian pulled up to the Met. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 3 May 2022 One of the first tangible in-person events to occur was the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival in November 2021. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Jackson-Davis seems likely to receive an NBA combine invite, which could open doors for more in-person meetings and workouts as well. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2022 After two years of going online-only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sundance Film Festival is once again planning to screen movies in person in Utah in 2023. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 Really Useful Group told BBC News that the entire company working on Sunday were told in person. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 May 2022 While members of the public cannot attend in person due COVID precautions, meetings are streamed on the MPS YouTube channel. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 But Vance supporter Julie Goletz said at a Saturday rally for Vance that meeting him speak in person convinced her to go with Trump's choice in the primary. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 3 May 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2022.

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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.



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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