third person


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person

Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text—that is, it distinguishes between a speaker (first person), an addressee (second person), and others beyond that (third person).
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third person

n.
1. The grammatical category of forms that designate a person or thing other than the speaker or the one spoken to. Examples of forms in the third person include English pronouns such as she and they and verb forms such as Spanish hablan "they speak."
2. A discourse or literary style in which the narrator recounts his or her own experiences or impressions using such forms: an essay written in the third person.
3. A perspective in a video or computer game in which the screen depicts a point of view other than that of the player's avatar.

third′-per′son adj.

third person

n
(Grammar) a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to objects or individuals other than the speaker or his addressee(s)

third′ per′son


n.
1. the grammatical person used in an utterance in referring to anyone or anything other than the speaker or the one or ones being addressed.
2. a pronoun or verb form in the third person, as it, they, or goes, or a set of such forms.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.third person - pronouns and verbs that are used to refer to something other than the speaker or addressee of the language in which they occur
person - 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"
Translations
třetí osoba
troisième personne
þriðja persóna
tretja oseba

third person

n (Gram) → terza persona
References in classic literature ?
I wish that this event, which on the day it is known will completely change the aspect of affairs, should be accomplished without the knowledge of any others but yourself, myself, and a third person.
I leave you a hundred pounds; and I write a private letter enjoining you, on taking the legacy, not to devote it to your own purposes, but to give it to some third person, whose name I have my own reasons for not mentioning in my will.
I said that I would and so he told it to me, and now I shall try to re-tell it for you as nearly in the words of The Warlord of Mars as I can recall them, but in the third person.
But Conseil had one fault: he was ceremonious to a degree, and would never speak to me but in the third person, which was sometimes provoking.
Lydgate found it more and more agreeable to be with her, and there was no constraint now, there was a delightful interchange of influence in their eyes, and what they said had that superfluity of meaning for them, which is observable with some sense of flatness by a third person; still they had no interviews or asides from which a third person need have been excluded.
The old vagabond, greatly amused by Moody's scruples, saw plainly enough that, so long as he wrote the supposed letter from Hardyman in the third person, it mattered little what handwriting was employed, seeing that no signature would be necessary.
Here they were interrupted by the entrance of a third person, and Elinor withdrew to think it all over in private, to wish success to her friend, and yet in wishing it, to feel a pang for Willoughby.
The letter was in the third person, and briefly informed Mrs Durbeyfield that her daughter's services would be useful to that lady in the management of her poultry-farm, that a comfortable room would be provided for her if she could come, and that the wages would be on a liberal scale if they liked her.
charming she is," she went on, speaking of herself in the third person, and imagining it was some very wise man- the wisest and best of men- who was saying it of her.
Dear Miss Ida," began this curious document, and then relapsed suddenly into the third person.
The sooner they were in the presence of a third person (Emily privately concluded) the better it might be for both of them.
In fact, it is possible for a third person to be very intimate, nay even to live long in the same house, with a married couple, who have any tolerable discretion, and not even guess at the sour sentiments which they bear to each other: for though the whole day may be sometimes too short for hatred, as well as for love; yet the many hours which they naturally spend together, apart from all observers, furnish people of tolerable moderation with such ample opportunity for the enjoyment of either passion, that, if they love, they can support being a few hours in company without toying, or if they hate, without spitting in each other's faces.