What does Player mean?

Definitions for Player
ˈpleɪ ərplay·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Player.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. player, participantnoun

    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game

  2. musician, instrumentalist, playernoun

    someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

  3. actor, histrion, player, thespian, role playernoun

    a theatrical performer

  4. playernoun

    a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously

  5. playernoun

    an important participant (as in a business deal)

    "he was a major player in setting up the corporation"


  1. playernoun

    One who plays any game or sport.

  2. playernoun

    An actor in a dramatic play.

  3. playernoun

    One who plays on a musical instrument.

  4. playernoun

    One who is playful, given to games and other amusement; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.

  5. playernoun

    A gamer; a gamester.

  6. playernoun

    A gambler.

  7. playernoun

    A person who plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.

  8. playernoun

    An electronic device that plays various audio and video media, such as CD player.

  9. playernoun

    A software application that plays various audio and video formats.

  10. playeradjective

    of something that "plays" itself, like certain automated devices

  11. Etymology: From playere, from plegere, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Playernoun

    Etymology: from play.

    You’re pictures out of doors,
    Saints in your injuries, devils being offended,
    Players in your housewifery. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Like players plac’d to fill a filthy stage,
    Where change of thoughts one fool to other shews,
    And all but jests, serve only sorrow’s rage. Philip Sidney.

    Certain pantomimi will represent the voices of players of interludes so to life, as you would think they were those players themselves. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A player, if left of his auditory and their applause, would straight be out of heart. Francis Bacon.

    Thine be the laurel then, support the stage;
    Which so declines, that shortly we may see
    Players and plays reduc’d to second infancy. Dryden.

    His muse had starv’d, had not a piece unread,
    And by a player bought, supply’d her bread. Dryden.

    Thus said the player god; and adding art
    Of voice and gesture, so perform’d his part,
    She thought, so like her love the shade appears,
    That Ceyx spake the words. Dryden.

    Command thy servants to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on the harp. 1 Samuel xvi. 16.

    The snake bit him fast by the tongue, which therewith began so to rankle and swell, that, by the time he had knocked this foul player on the head, his mouth was scarce able to contain it. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.


  1. player

    A player generally refers to a person who participates in a game or sport, interacting according to certain rules to achieve a specific goal or outcome. It can also refer to a person who manipulates or orchestrates various elements to achieve a desired result. Furthermore, in a technological context, a player can refer to a device or application that plays media, such as a music player or video player. The term also has multiple contextual meanings in language, society, and culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Playernoun

    one who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler

  2. Playernoun

    one who plays any game

  3. Playernoun

    a dramatic actor

  4. Playernoun

    one who plays on an instrument of music

  5. Playernoun

    a gamester; a gambler


  1. Player

    Player is an American rock band that made their mark during the late 1970s. The group scored a few US Hot 100 hits, three of which went into the Top 40; two of those single releases went Top 10, including the No. 1 hit "Baby Come Back", written by group members Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley.

Rap Dictionary

  1. playernoun

    Someone who is "true to the hood",(Keith Holley aKa "Keilo") ie. someone who never sold out. To Chuck, Flava and Griff... You're true players -- Ice-T (M.V.P.'s).

  2. playernoun

    A kind of chicken, so a player is good at picking up rice.

  3. playernoun

    "Players" is an adult magazine.

  4. playernoun

    See pimp.

  5. playernoun

    A form of con artist, whose "game" involves confidence schemes, usually perpetrated against the opposite sex, aimed at procuring sexual favor, material items, money or all three -- usually from multiple victims simultaneously.

  6. playernoun

    Person from the game, loyal to the game.

Editors Contribution

  1. player

    A person who plays a sport.

    The players of football, hurling, australian rules football and other sports love to converse and share knowledge.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. player

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Player is ranked #9033 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Player surname appeared 3,617 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Player.

    59.7% or 2,161 total occurrences were White.
    35.4% or 1,281 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 73 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Player' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1832

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Player' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2425

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Player' in Nouns Frequency: #305

Anagrams for Player »

  1. parley

  2. pearly

  3. replay

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Player in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Player in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Player in a Sentence

  1. John Daly:

    Herm Edwards's just the most positive human being in the world, no matter what happens, everything's positive. Me and( fellow player) Tommy Gainey were talking about it. We would like to go see him speak somewhere, just to get fired up.

  2. Donald Trump:

    He's much more than a business executive. ... He's a world-class player.

  3. Bill Clinton:

    For 20 years, Hillary’s opponent had a different plan, which he called single player but it’s really 51 payer as states have to pay 14 percent of it.

  4. Justin Rose:

    This is not in my wheelhouse, you want to become a player that can win on every type of course, and I will take a lot of confidence from the fact that I was able to play a golf course that was, you know, you had to be very aggressive and shoot low and keep shooting low.

  5. Mark Baute:

    Jaxson Hayes is healthy and is working out with Jaxson Hayes team, and I have not asked for any officer to be investigated, jaxson Hayes is focused on Jaxson Hayes commitment to the Pelicans to be the best professional basketball player Jaxson Hayes can be.

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Translations for Player

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • لاعِب, مشغلArabic
  • lojtar, oyunçuAzerbaijani
  • jugadorCatalan, Valencian
  • herec, hráč, přehrávačCzech
  • spiller, skuespiller, musiker, spillemandDanish
  • SpielerGerman
  • παίκτρια, ηθοποιός, μουσικός, παίκτηςGreek
  • ludantoEsperanto
  • jugadora, jugadorSpanish
  • بازیکنPersian
  • peluri, soitto-ohjelma, pelaaja, pelimies, näyttelijä, pleijeri, soittaja, soitinFinnish
  • joueur, musicien, joueuse, lecteur, fainéant, fainéante, acteur, musicienne, actriceFrench
  • imreoir, seinnteoirIrish
  • xogador, xogadoraGalician
  • खेलनेवालाHindi
  • lejátszóHungarian
  • giocatore, lettoreItalian
  • 俳優, プレーヤー, 芸人, 奏者, ギャンブラー, 博徒, 選手Japanese
  • 선수Korean
  • muzîkjen, yarîker, lîstikvan, ace, sazbend, qumarker, یاریکه‌رKurdish
  • ludioLatin
  • pemainMalay
  • speler, speelvogel, vertolker, player, bespeler, gokkerDutch
  • spiller, skuespiller, musikerNorwegian
  • naanéhígíí, naanéhéNavajo, Navaho
  • jogaire, jogadorOccitan
  • gracz, zawodnik, muzykPolish
  • tocador, leitor, ator, brincalhão, player, apostador, jogadorPortuguese
  • giujeader, giuieder, giuveder, giugadur, giovaderRomansh
  • interpret, leneș, actriță, solist instrumentist, jucător, muzician, jucători, actorRomanian
  • музыкант, плеер, исполнитель, проигрыватель, бездельник, лицедей, игрок, лентяйRussian
  • giogadore, giogadori, zocadoreSardinian
  • svirač, glùmica, sivrač, ìgrāč, izvođač, glúmac, sviràčica, kȍckār, igràčicaSerbo-Croatian
  • muiker, musikant, spelare, skådespelareSwedish
  • mchezajiSwahili
  • manlalaroTagalog
  • çalgıcı, oyunbaz, oyuncu, kumarcı, oynatıcıTurkish
  • שפּילערYiddish
  • 播放机Chinese

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