person meaning

[ 'pə:sn ] Pronunciation:   "person" in a sentence
Noun: person (people,persons)  pursun
  1. A human being
    "there was too much for one person to do"
    - individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul 
  2. A human body (usually including the clothing)
    "a weapon was hidden on his person" 
  3. 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"

Derived forms: persons

See also: personal, personhood, personify

Type of: 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

Part of: people

Encyclopedia: Person Person, Seymour Howe


According to most codes: an individual, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity.

Corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals. 1 USC (note: this term, when used in the legal context, can be confusing since whether it refersto entities other than natural persons is often dependent on context and official interpretation. e.g. Are corporations entitled, under limited circumstances, entitled to appointment of counsel in federal court? The clear wording of 1 USC seems to include them but the courts, using their semantic expertise, have denied this.)

Persons as individuals (e.g.,ABORTION APPLICANTS) or as members of a group (e.g.,HISPANIC AMERICANS). It is not used for members of the various professions (e.g.,PHYSICIANS) or occupations (e.g.,LIBRARIANS) for which OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS is available.


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  1. the two persons have the same talent and abilities.
  2. it was john who thrust a person aside.
  3. mrs. green : he is a very nice person.
  4. do n't judge a person by his success or failure.
  5. she is always been a politically aware person.

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