Definition of

Person

  1. (noun, tops) a human being
  2. (noun, body) a human body (usually including the clothing)
  3. (noun, communication) 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

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Synonyms of Person

individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

Alternate forms of Person

Derivations: personhood, personify

Hyponyms: abator, abjurer, abomination, aboriginal, aborigine, abstainer, abstinent, achiever, acquaintance, acquirer, active, actor, adjudicator, admirer, adoptee, adult, adventurer, adversary, advisee, advocate, advocator, affiant, african, aggregator, agnostic, allayer, amateur, amerindian, ancient, anomaly, antagonist, anti, anti-american, ape, aper, applicant, applied scientist, applier, appointee, appointment, appreciator, apprehender, aquarius, archaist, archer, aries, arrogator, assessee, assimilator, asthmatic, attempter, authority, autodidact, baby, baby boomer, baby buster, bad guy, bad person, balance, baldhead, baldpate, baldy, balker, bather, battler, baulker, beard, bedfellow, beguiler, beholder, belligerent, bereaved, bereaved person, best, birth, biter, black, black person, blackamoor, blogger, blond, blonde, bluecoat, bodybuilder, bomber, boomer, brunet, brunette, bull, bullfighter, buster, cancer, candidate, capitalist, capricorn, captor, capturer, carrottop, case, cashier, caucasian, celebrant, celebrater, celebrator, censor, chameleon, changer, charmer, child, chooser, chutzpanik, closer, cloud seeder, clumsy person, coddler, collector, color-blind person, combatant, comforter, common man, common person, commoner, communicator, compeer, complexifier, compulsive, computer user, contemplative, contestant, contriver, controller, controversialist, convert, copycat, counter, counterterrorist, coward, crab, crawler, creator, creature, creditor, creeper, cripple, cross-dresser, dancer, dead person, dead soul, deaf person, debaser, debitor, debtor, deceased, deceased person, decedent, defecator, degrader, delayer, deliverer, demander, denizen, departed, deviser, dieter, differentiator, discriminator, disentangler, disputant, dissenter, dissident, divider, doer, domestic partner, doormat, double, doubter, dresser, dribbler, driveller, drooler, drug user, dupe, dweller, dyslectic, ectomorph, effecter, effector, ejector, elizabethan, emotional person, emulator, endomorph, engineer, enjoyer, enrollee, entertainer, equal, eristic, essayer, ethnic, excuser, expectorator, experimenter, expert, explorer, exponent, extravert, extrovert, face, faddist, faller, fastener, female, female person, fiduciary, fighter, first person, first-rater, fish, fleer, follower, forerunner, forgiver, free agent, free spirit, freewheeler, friend, fugitive, gainer, gambler, gatekeeper, gatherer, gay, gem, gemini, gentile, goat, good guy, good person, granter, greeter, grinner, groaner, grownup, grunter, guesser, guinea pig, habitant, handicapped person, hater, have, hebrew, heterosexual, heterosexual person, homo, homophile, homosexual, homunculus, hope, hoper, huddler, hugger, image, imitator, immune, indigen, indigene, individualist, indweller, inexperienced person, inhabitant, innocent, insured, insured person, intellect, intellectual, interpreter, introvert, israelite, jat, jew, jewel, jumper, junior, juvenile, juvenile person, killer, kink, kneeler, knocker, knower, ladino, large person, latin, laugher, leader, learner, left-hander, lefty, leo, libra, life, lightning rod, linguist, lion, literate, literate person, liver, longer, look-alike, loose cannon, loved one, lover, machine, mailer, maimer, malcontent, male, male person, man, man jack, mangler, manipulator, married, masturbator, match, measurer, mediocrity, mesomorph, mestizo, middlebrow, miracle man, miracle worker, misogamist, mixed-blood, modern, modifier, mollycoddler, money dealer, money handler, monolingual, mother hen, mouse, mover and shaker, muscle builder, muscle-builder, musclebuilder, muscleman, mutilator, namer, namesake, national, native, native american, needer, neglecter, negro, negroid, neighbor, neighbour, neutral, noncompliant, nondescript, nondrinker, nonmember, nonparticipant, nonpartisan, nonpartizan, nonperson, nonreligious person, nonresident, nonsmoker, nonworker, nude, nude person, nurser, objector, observer, occultist, onanist, opener, opponent, opposer, optimist, orphan, ostrich, ouster, outcaste, outdoorsman, owner, pamperer, pansexual, pardoner, partner, party, passer, peer, perceiver, percher, percipient, person of color, person of colour, persona non grata, personage, personification, perspirer, philosopher, picker, pisces, pisser, planner, player, polyglot, possessor, posturer, powderer, precursor, preserver, primitive, primitive person, proponent, propositus, prospect, protester, public relations person, pursuer, pussycat, quarter, quester, quitter, radical, ram, realist, recoverer, rectifier, red-header, redhead, redheader, registrant, relation, relative, reliever, religious person, repeater, rescuer, resister, rester, restrainer, revenant, rich person, right hander, right-hander, righthander, riser, romanticist, romper, roundhead, ruler, runaway, rusher, sagittarius, saluter, saver, scholar, scientist, scorpio, scorpion, scourge, scrag, scrapper, scratcher, searcher, second person, second-rater, seeder, seeker, segregate, selector, self, sensualist, sentimentalist, sex object, sex symbol, shaker, shitter, showman, signatory, signer, significant other, simple, simpleton, six-footer, skidder, skin and bones, slav, slave, slayer, sleepyhead, slider, slipper, slobberer, sloucher, small person, smasher, smiler, smotherer, sneezer, sniffer, sniffler, sniveler, snuffer, snuffler, social dancer, socialiser, socializer, sort, sounding board, southpaw, sphinx, spitter, spoiler, sport, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent, sprawler, spurner, squint-eye, squinter, squirmer, stifler, stigmatic, stigmatist, stooper, straight, straight person, stranger, struggler, subject, substance abuser, succeeder, success, supernumerary, surrenderer, survivalist, survivor, suspect, swayer, sweater, tagger, tapper, taurus, technologist, tempter, termer, terror, testate, testator, thin person, third person, third-rater, thirster, threat, thrower, tiger, topper, toreador, totemist, toucher, transexual, transfer, transferee, transsexual, transvestite, traveler, traveller, trier, turner, twin, tyrant, undoer, unfastener, unfortunate, unfortunate person, unperson, unraveler, unraveller, unskilled person, untier, unusual person, unwelcome person, urinator, user, vanisher, venturer, victim, victorian, virgin, virgo, visionary, visually impaired person, voider, waiter, waker, walk-in, wanter, ward, warrior, watcher, water bearer, weakling, wealthy person, weasel, weight gainer, welcomer, white, white person, wiggler, wight, winker, winner, withholder, witness, worker, worldling, wriggler, wuss, yawner, yearner, yielder

Hypernyms: anatomy, being, bod, build, causal agency, causal agent, cause, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, grammatical category, human body, material body, organism, physical body, physique, shape, soma, syntactic category

Origin of the word Person

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. persone "human being" (12c., Fr. personne), from L. persona "human being," originally "character in a drama, mask," possibly borrowed from Etruscan phersu "mask." This may be related to Gk. Persephone. The use of -person to replace -man in compounds and avoid alleged sexist connotations is first recorded 19… more

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