person

A human being is called a person, and while this applies to an actual individual, it also, in grammar, means the type of person — first person being "I/me," second person being "you," and third person being "he/him," "she/her," or "they/them."

The Latin persōna referred to an actor's mask that created the character being played. This later came to mean "human being," a meaning it still conveys. You can also use it to refer to a person's physical body. I wouldn't recommend crossing the border with any illegal items on your person. Nowadays, the word person replaces "man" to avoid sexism in words such as "congressperson."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: person

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n
a human being
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n
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
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: person
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n a human being

“there was too much for one person to do”
Synonyms:
individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul
Type of:
being, organism
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

n a human body (usually including the clothing)

“a weapon was hidden on his person
Type of:
anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
alternative names for the body of a human being
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n 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
Types:
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
Type of:
grammatical category, syntactic category
(grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties
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