Unlike a pickle or a chipmunk, a human is a person. You can identify a human by the two legs it stands on, its upright stature, its high intelligence, and its speech that you'll understand if you're one, too.

Human was first recorded in the mid 13th century, and owes its existence to the Middle French humain “of or belonging to man.” That word, in turn, comes from the Latin humanus, thought to be a hybrid relative of homo, meaning “man,” and humus, meaning “earth.” Thus, a human, unlike birds, planes, or even divine spirits up above, is a man firmly rooted to the earth.

Definitions of human

n any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

homo, human being, man
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human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, mankind, world
all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
Homo erectus
extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain
Homo soloensis
extinct primitive hominid of late Pleistocene; Java; formerly Javanthropus
Homo habilis
extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
Homo sapiens
the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc
Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Neandertal, Neandertal man, Neanderthal, Neanderthal man
extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
Homo rhodesiensis, Rhodesian man
a primitive hominid resembling Neanderthal man but living in Africa
Java man, Trinil man
fossil remains found in Java; formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus
Peking man
fossils found near Beijing, China; they were lost during World War II
Solo man
early man of late Pleistocene; skull resembles that of Neanderthal man but with smaller cranial capacity; found in Java
extinct human of Upper Paleolithic in Europe
Boskop man
possible early Homo sapiens represented by a cranium found in the Transvaal; formerly considered a separate species
Homo sapiens sapiens, modern man
subspecies of Homo sapiens; includes all modern races
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a primate of the family Hominidae

adj characteristic of humanity

human nature”

adj having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings

human beings”
“the human body”
human kindness”
human frailty”
anthropoid, manlike
resembling human beings
anthropomorphic, anthropomorphous, humanlike
suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things
springing from or born on the earth
fallible, frail, imperfect, weak
wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
of humankind as a species
hominian, hominid
characterizing the family Hominidae, which includes Homo sapiens as well as extinct species of manlike creatures
characteristic of humankind
not human; not belonging to or produced by or appropriate to human beings
anthropoid, anthropoidal, apelike
resembling apes
devoid of human emotion or feeling
dehumanised, dehumanized, unhuman
divested of human qualities or attributes
belonging to or resembling something nonhuman
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adj relating to a person

“the experiment was conducted on 6 monkeys and 2 human subjects”

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