What does person mean?

Definitions for person
ˈpɜr sənper·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul(noun)

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  2. person(noun)

    a human body (usually including the clothing)

    "a weapon was hidden on his person"

  3. person(noun)

    a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party

    "stop talking about yourself in the third person"


  1. person(Noun)

    A single human being; an individual.

  2. person(Noun)

    The physical human body seen as distinct from the mind, character etc.

  3. person(Noun)

    Any individual or formal organization with standing before the courts.

    By common law a corporation or a trust is legally a person.

  4. person(Noun)

    A linguistic category used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance and those to whom or about whom he is speaking. See grammatical person.

  5. person(Noun)

    Someone who likes or has an affinity for (a specified thing).

    Jack's always been a dog person, but I prefer cats.

  6. Origin: From parsone, persoun et al. (Old French persone, French personne), and its source persona, perhaps a loanword; compare Etruscan φersu. Displaced native wight (from wiht).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Person(noun)

    a character or part, as in a play; a specific kind or manifestation of individual character, whether in real life, or in literary or dramatic representation; an assumed character

  2. Person(noun)

    the bodily form of a human being; body; outward appearance; as, of comely person

  3. Person(noun)

    a living, self-conscious being, as distinct from an animal or a thing; a moral agent; a human being; a man, woman, or child

  4. Person(noun)

    a human being spoken of indefinitely; one; a man; as, any person present

  5. Person(noun)

    a parson; the parish priest

  6. Person(noun)

    among Trinitarians, one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost); an hypostasis

  7. Person(noun)

    one of three relations or conditions (that of speaking, that of being spoken to, and that of being spoken of) pertaining to a noun or a pronoun, and thence also to the verb of which it may be the subject

  8. Person(noun)

    a shoot or bud of a plant; a polyp or zooid of the compound Hydrozoa Anthozoa, etc.; also, an individual, in the narrowest sense, among the higher animals

  9. Person(verb)

    to represent as a person; to personify; to impersonate

  10. Origin: [OE. persone, persoun, person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne, L. persona a mask (used by actors), a personage, part, a person, fr. personare to sound through; per + sonare to sound. See Per-, and cf. Parson.]


  1. Person

    A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood, which in turn is defined differently by different authors in different disciplines, and by different cultures in different times and places. In ancient Rome, the word "persona" or "prosopon" originally referred to the masks worn by actors on stage. The various masks represented the various "personae" in the stage play. The current concept of person was developed during the Trinitarian and Christological debates of the 4th and 5th centuries in contrast to the word natura. During the theological debates, some philosophical tools were needed so that the debates could be held on common basis to all theological schools. The purpose of the debate was to establish the relation, similarities and differences between the Λóγος/"Verbum" and God. The philosophical concept of person arose, taking the word "prosopon" from the Greek theatre. Therefore, Christus and God were defined as different "persons". This concept was applied later to the Holy Ghost, the angels and to all human beings. Since then, a number of important changes to the word's meaning and use have taken place, and attempts have been made to redefine the word with varying degrees of adoption and influence. In addition to the question of personhood, of what makes a being count as a person to begin with, there are further questions about personal identity: both about what makes any particular person that particular person instead of another, and about what makes a person at one time the same person as he or she was or will be at another time despite any intervening changes. The common plural of "person", "people", is often used to refer to an entire nation or ethnic group, so the plural "persons" is often used in contexts which require precision such as philosophical and legal writing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Person

    pėr′sun, n. character represented, as on the stage: character: an individual, sometimes used slightingly: a living soul: a human being: the outward appearance, &c.: bodily form: one of the three hypostases or individualities in the triune God: (gram.) a distinction in form, according as the subject of the verb is the person speaking, spoken to, or spoken of.—adj. Per′sonable, having a well-formed body or person: of good appearance.—n. Per′sonāge, a person: character represented: an individual of eminence: external appearance.—adj. Per′sonal, belonging to a person: having the nature or quality of a person: peculiar to a person or to his private concerns: pertaining to the external appearance: done in person: relating to one's own self: applied offensively to one's character: (gram.) denoting the person.—n. Personalisā′tion, personification.—v.t. Per′sonalise, to make personal.—ns. Per′sonalism, the character of being personal; Per′sonalist, one who writes personal notes; Personal′ity, that which distinguishes a person from a thing, or one person from another: individuality: a derogatory remark or reflection directly applied to a person—esp. in pl. Personal′ities.—adv. Per′sonally, in a personal or direct manner: in person: individually.—n. Per′sonalty (law), all the property which, when a man dies, goes to his executor or administrator, as distinguished from the realty, which goes to his heir-at-law.—v.t. Per′sonāte, to assume the likeness or character of: to represent: to counterfeit: to feign.—adj. (bot.) mask-like, as in the corollary of the snapdragon: larval, cucullate.—adj. Per′sonāted, impersonated, feigned, assumed.—ns. Personā′tion; Per′sonātor.—n. Personisā′tion.—v.t. Per′sonise, to personify.—n. Personnel′, the persons employed in any service, as distinguished from the materiel.—Personal estate, property, movable goods or property, as distinguished from freehold or real property, esp. in land; Personal exception (Scots law), a ground of objection which applies to an individual and prevents him from doing something which, but for his conduct or situation, he might do; Personal identity, the continued sameness of the individual person, through all changes both without and within, as testified by consciousness; Personal rights, rights which belong to the person as a living, reasonable being; Personal security, security or pledge given by a person, as distinguished from the delivery of some object of value as security; Personal service, delivery of a message or an order into a person's hands, as distinguished from delivery in any other indirect way; Personal transaction, something done by a person's own effort, not through the agency of another.—In person, by one's self, not by a representative. [Fr.,—L. persōna, a player's mask, perh. from persŏnāre, -ātumper, through, sonāre, to sound.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'person' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #369

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'person' in Written Corpus Frequency: #383

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'person' in Nouns Frequency: #87

Anagrams for person »

  1. nopers, preons, spreon

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of person in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of person in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of person in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    He's a weak person.

  2. John Kasich:

    I'm a normal person.

  3. Norman Yee:

    I’m a people person.

  4. Rachel Heichel:

    He was a people person.

  5. Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom:

    A hairy person is sexy.

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