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1. A living human. Often used in combination: chairperson; salesperson. See Usage Note at chairman.
2. An individual of specified character: a person of importance.
3. The composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality; the self.
4. The living body of a human: searched the prisoner's person.
5. Physique and general appearance.
6. Law A human, corporation, organization, partnership, association, or other entity deemed or construed to be governed by a particular law.
7. Christianity Any of the three separate individualities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as distinguished from the essence of the Godhead that unites them.
8. Grammar
a. Any of three groups of pronoun forms with corresponding verb inflections that distinguish the speaker (first person), the individual addressed (second person), and the individual or thing spoken of (third person).
b. Any of the different forms or inflections expressing these distinctions.
9. A character or role, as in a play; a guise: "Well, in her person, I say I will not have you" (Shakespeare).
in person
In one's physical presence; personally: applied for the job in person.

[Middle English, from Old French persone, from Latin persōna, mask, role, person, probably from Etruscan phersu, mask.]
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n, pl persons
1. an individual human being
2. the body of a human being, sometimes including his or her clothing: guns hidden on his person.
3. (Grammar) a grammatical category into which pronouns and forms of verbs are subdivided depending on whether they refer to the speaker, the person addressed, or some other individual, thing, etc
4. (Law) a human being or a corporation recognized in law as having certain rights and obligations
5. (Philosophy) philosophy a being characterized by consciousness, rationality, and a moral sense, and traditionally thought of as consisting of both a body and a mind or soul
6. archaic a character or role; guise
7. in person
a. actually present: the author will be there in person.
b. without the help or intervention of others
[C13: from Old French persone, from Latin persōna mask, perhaps from Etruscan phersu mask]
Usage: People is the word usually used to refer to more than one individual: there were a hundred people at the reception. Persons is rarely used, except in official English: several persons were interviewed


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity any of the three hypostases existing as distinct in the one God and constituting the Trinity. They are the First Person, the Father, the Second Person, the Son, and the Third Person, the Holy Ghost
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(ˈpɜr sən)

1. a human being; a man, woman, or child.
2. a human being as distinguished from an animal or a thing.
3. the actual self or individual personality of a human being.
4. the body of a living human being, sometimes including the clothes being worn: He had no money on his person.
5. the body in its external aspect.
6. a human being or other entity, as a partnership or corporation, recognized by law as having rights and duties.
7. a grammatical category applied esp. to pronouns and verbs, used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance, the person addressed, and other people or things spoken about. Compare first person, second person, third person.
8. any of the three modes of being in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
1. in person, in one's own bodily presence; personally.
2. one's own person, free from restrictions or influence; independent: Now that she's working, she feels that she's her own person.
[1175–1225; Middle English persone < Latin persōna role (in life, a play, or a tale) (Late Latin: member of the Trinity), orig. actor's mask < Etruscan phersu (< Greek prósōpa face, mask) + -na a suffix]
per′son•hood`, n.
usage: See individual, party, people.


a combining form of person, replacing in existing compound words such paired, sex-specific forms as -man and -woman or -er1 and -ess: salesperson; waitperson.
usage.: The -person compounds are used, esp. by the media and in government and business communications, to avoid the -man compounds (anchorman; businessman) for individuals of either sex or the -woman compounds (anchorwoman; businesswoman) to specify the individual's sex. Some find the new -person compounds unnecessary, regarding the long-used compounds in -man as generic, not sex-marked. Alternatives to some of the -person forms have won acceptance, as anchor and chair; other coinages, as congressmember, have had only marginal use. See also -ess, lady, -man, -woman.
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1. 'people'

People is a plural noun. You use a plural form of a verb after it.

People is most commonly used to refer to a particular group of men and women, or a particular group of men, women, and children.

The people at my work mostly wear suits.
Two hundred people were killed in the fire.

You often use people to refer to all the men, women, and children of a particular country, tribe, or race.

The British people elect a new government every four or five years.
2. 'peoples'

When you are referring to several countries, tribes, or races, you can use the plural form peoples.

They all belong to the ancient group of Indo-European peoples.
3. another use of 'people'

People can also be used to say that something is generally done.

I don't think people should drive so fast.
She always tried to help people.
4. 'person'

Person is a countable noun. A person is an individual man, woman, or child.

There was far too much food for one person.
Chen is a good person to ask if you have a computer problem.

The usual plural of 'person' is people, but in formal English persons is sometimes used.

No unauthorized persons may enter the building.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.person - a human beingperson - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
personality - the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual; "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities"; "it is his nature to help others"
chassis, bod, human body, material body, physical body, physique, build, anatomy, figure, flesh, frame, shape, soma, form - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
self - a person considered as a unique individual; "one's own self"
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
appointee, appointment - a person who is appointed to a job or position
capitalist - a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
captor, capturer - a person who captures and holds people or animals
changer, modifier - a person who changes something; "an inveterate changer of the menu"
color-blind person - a person unable to distinguish differences in hue
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
communicator - a person who communicates with others
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
creator - a person who grows or makes or invents things
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
applied scientist, engineer, technologist - a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
experimenter - a person who enjoys testing innovative ideas; "she was an experimenter in new forms of poetry"
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
face - a part of a person that is used to refer to a person; "he looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
female person, female - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
individualist - a person who pursues independent thought or action
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
aborigine, indigen, indigene, native, aboriginal - an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
native - a person born in a particular place or country; "he is a native of Brazil"
inexperienced person, innocent - a person who lacks knowledge of evil
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
loved one - a person who you love, usually a member of your family
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
male person, male - a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
money dealer, money handler - a person who receives or invests or pays out money
national, subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
nonreligious person - a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity
nonworker - a person who does nothing
compeer, equal, peer, match - a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
2.person - a human body (usually including the clothing); "a weapon was hidden on his person"
chassis, bod, human body, material body, physical body, physique, build, anatomy, figure, flesh, frame, shape, soma, form - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
3.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"
grammatical category, syntactic category - (grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties
first person - pronouns and verbs used to refer to the speaker or writer of the language in which they occur
second person - pronouns and verbs used to refer to the person addressed by the language in which they occur
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
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1. individual, being, body, human, soul, creature, human being, mortal, living soul, man or woman He's the only person who can do the job.
in person
2. personally, yourself She collected the award in person.
3. in the flesh, actually, physically, bodily It was the first time she had seen him in person.
"A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons" [Desmond Tutu speech at enthronement as Anglican archbishop of Cape Town]
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A member of the human race:
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جِسْم الإنْسانشَخْصشَخْصٌ
personlegememed sig
líkami mannsmanneskjapersónapersóna, manneskja
asmeninisasmeninis įvardisasmeniškaiasmeniško pobūdžioasmens


[ˈpɜːsn] N
1. (people or (frm) persons (pl)) (= individual) → persona f
who would be the best person to ask?¿quién es la persona más indicada para preguntarle?
she is a very caring persones (una persona) muy comprensiva
Jane was the last person to see himJane fue la última (persona) que lo vio
I don't know of any such personno conozco a tal persona
there is no such person as Father Christmasno hay tal Papá Noel
who is this Ford person she keeps talking about?¿quién es este tal Ford del que habla constantemente?
the right of accused persons to remain silent (frm) → el derecho de los acusados a no declarar
two-person householdsviviendas fpl de dos personas
I like him as a person, but not as a politicianme gusta como persona, pero no como político
a certain person, who shall be nameless (hum) → cierta persona, a quien no voy a nombrar ... (hum)
to call sb person to person (Telec) → llamar a algn de persona a persona
murder by person or persons unknown (Jur) → homicidio m a manos de persona or personas sin identificar
see also people, per, single C
see also third D
see also young A1
see also person-to-person
2. (persons (pl)) (= body, physical presence) → persona f
crimes or offences against the person (Jur) → crímenes mpl or ofensas fpl contra la persona
to have a weapon concealed on or about one's person (frm) → llevar encima una arma oculta
in personen persona
give it to him in persondáselo a él en persona
he found one new problem in the person of Max Steelencontró un nuevo problema en la persona de Max Steel
3. (people (pl)) (= type) I'm not much of a city person myselfno soy de los que les gusta la ciudad
Steve is a cat personSteve es un amante de los gatos
4. (persons (pl)) (Gram) → persona f
the first person singularla primera persona del singular
in the first/third personen primera/tercera persona
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[ˈpɜːrsən] n
(gen)personne f
She's a very nice person → C'est une personne très sympathique.
persons (= people) → les personnes
No admittance to persons under the age of eighteen → Accès interdit aux moins de 18 ans., Accès interdit aux personnes de moins de 18 ans
the right of accused persons to remain silent → le droit des accusés à garder le silence
in person (= oneself) → en personne
to appear in person → apparaître en personne
The composer appeared in person at the end of the performance → Le compositeur est apparu en personne à la fin de la représentation.
about one's person → sur soi
on one's person → sur soi
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pl <people or (form) -s> (= human being)Mensch m; (in official contexts) → Person f; I like him as a person, but not as a teacherich mag ihn als Mensch, aber nicht als Lehrer; no personkein Mensch, niemand; I know no such personso jemanden kenne ich nicht; any personjeder; a certain personein gewisser Jemand; person to person callGespräch ntmit Voranmeldung; 30 p per person30 Pence pro Person; the murder was committed by person or persons unknownder Mord wurde von einem oder mehreren unbekannten Tätern verübt; I’m more of an outdoor/cat personich bin mehr ein Typ mfür draußen/ein Katzentyp m
pl <-s> (Gram, Jur: = legal person) → Person f; first person singular/pluralerste Person Singular/Plural
pl <-s> (= body, physical presence)Körper m; (= appearance)Äußere(s) nt; in personpersönlich; in the person ofin Gestalt (+gen); crime against the personVergehen ntgegen die Person; on or about one’s personbei sich
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[ˈpɜːsn] n
a. (people or (frm): persons (pl)) → persona
a person to person call (Telec) → una chiamata con preavviso
b. (persons: Gram, Law (pl)) → persona
c. (body, physical presence) → figura, personale m; (appearance) → aspetto
in person → di or in persona, personalmente
in the person of my uncle → nella persona di mio zio
on or about one's person (weapon) → su di sé (money) → con sé
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(ˈpəːsn) plural people (ˈpiːpl) ˈpersons noun
1. a human being. There's a person outside who wants to speak to you.
2. a person's body. He never carried money on his person (= with him; in his pockets etc).
ˈpersonal adjective
1. one's own. This is his personal opinion; The matter will have my personal attention.
2. private. This is a personal matter between him and me.
3. in person. The Prime Minister will make a personal appearance.
4. (making remarks which are) insulting, especially about a person's appearance etc. personal remarks; Don't be personal!
ˌpersoˈnalityplural persoˈnalities noun
1. a person's characteristics (of the mind, the emotions etc) as a whole. a likeable / forceful (= strong) personality.
2. strong, distinctive (usually attractive) character. She is not beautiful but she has a lot of personality.
3. a well-known person. a television personality; (also adjective) a personality cult (= very great, usually too great, admiration for a person, usually a political leader).
ˈpersonally adverb
1. in one's own opinion. Personally, I prefer the other.
2. doing something oneself, not having or letting someone else do it on one's behalf. He thanked me personally.
ˌpersonal comˈputer noun
(also PC) a small computer that can be used independently by an individual user for word-processing, games, e-mail, storage of information. etc.
personal pronoun
a pronoun which refers to the first, second or third persons. I am going; He hit her; She saw you.
ˌpersonal ˈstereo noun
(also Walkman®) a small (radio and) cassette player with headphones that enables the person wearing it to listen to music while walking etc.
ˌpersonal ˌwatercraft noun
a small boat for one or two people that is ridden like a motorcycle.
in person
personally; one's self, not represented by someone else. The Queen was there in person; I'd like to thank him in person.
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شَخْصٌ člověk person Person άτομο persona henkilö personne osoba persona 사람 persoon person osoba pessoa человек person บุคคล kişi người
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n. persona, individuo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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n persona, individuo; blind — ciego -ga mf; deaf — sordo -da mf; disabled — discapacitado -da mf; from — to — de persona a persona; little — (euph, dwarf) enano -na mf; old — persona de edad avanzada; — with HIV persona con VIH; sick — enfermo -ma mf; wounded — herido -da mf; young — joven mf
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