noun per·son \ˈpər-sən\

: a human being

: a person who likes or enjoys something specified

law : the body or clothing of a person especially when considered as a place to hide things

Full Definition of PERSON

:  human, individual —sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes <chairperson> <spokesperson>
:  a character or part in or as if in a play :  guise
a :  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
a archaic :  bodily appearance
b :  the body of a human being; also :  the body and clothing <unlawful search of the person>
:  the personality of a human being :  self
:  one (as a human being, a partnership, or a corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties
:  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
per·son·hood \-ˌhd\ noun
in person
:  in one's bodily presence <the movie star appeared in person>

Origin of 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
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PERSON

PERSON Defined for Kids


noun per·son \ˈpər-sən\

Definition of PERSON for Kids

:  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>
:  the body of a human being <Keep your person neat.>
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