player

If you like to play anything at all, you’re a player. If you take part in a game or sport, you're a player. If you're a big flirt, you’re a player. Like the kazoo? You’re a kazoo player. Play on!

Some players play cards or tennis, and others play roles in theater productions. You could also call a musician a player, like a piano player or a flute player. Vital or influential people (or groups) are sometimes described this way too: "The president called a meeting of all the biggest political players." And finally, there are inanimate players, like music or radio players, or an MP3 player.

Primary Meanings of player

1.
n
a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
2.
n
an important participant (as in a business deal)
3.
n
a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously
Full Definitions of player
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n a person who participates in or is skilled at some game

Synonyms:
participant
Types:
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ballplayer, baseball player
an athlete who plays baseball
billiard player
someone who plays billiards
bowler
a player who rolls balls down an alley at pins
card player
someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
chess player
someone who plays the game of chess
dart player
someone who plays the game of darts
football player, footballer
an athlete who plays American football
golf player, golfer, linksman
someone who plays the game of golf
grandmaster
a player of exceptional or world class skill in chess or bridge
hockey player, ice-hockey player
an athlete who plays hockey
lacrosse player
an athlete who plays lacrosse
MVP, most valuable player
the player judged to be the most important to the sport
playmaker
a player in a team sport who leads attacks or maneuvers in such a way that a teammate can score
pool player
someone who shoots pool
scorer
a player who makes a score in a game or contest
seed, seeded player
one of the outstanding players in a tournament
server
(court games) the player who serves to start a point
shooter
(sports) a player who drives or kicks a ball at the goal (or a basketball player who shoots at the basket)
soccer player
an athlete who plays soccer
stringer
a member of a squad on a team
tennis player
an athlete who plays tennis
volleyball player
someone who plays the game of volleyball
back
(football) a person who plays in the backfield
ball carrier, runner
(football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
base runner, runner
a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
batsman, batter, hitter, slugger
(baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
blocker
a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
bridge player, hand
a card player in a game of bridge
cardholder
a player who holds a card or cards in a card game
card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
center
(ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
chess master
a chess player of great skill
cornerback
a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
dealer
the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game
driver
a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
elder hand, eldest hand
the card player on the dealer's left
fielder
a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat
football hero
a football player who has achieved a reputation for success
goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder
the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
golf pro, professional golfer
someone who earns a living by playing or teaching golf
hacker
someone who plays golf poorly
hooker
a golfer whose shots typically curve left (for right-handed golfers)
International Grandmaster
a chess player who has been awarded the highest title by an international chess organization
kicker
a player who kicks the football
line backer, linebacker
a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
lineman
one of the players on the line of scrimmage
little leaguer
a player between 8 and 12 years of age who is a member of a little-league team
big leaguer, major leaguer
a member of a major-league baseball team
medal winner, medalist, medallist
(golf) the winner at medal play of a tournament
bush leaguer, minor leaguer
a player on a minor-league baseball team
patzer
a poor chess player
hurler, pitcher, twirler
(baseball) the person who does the pitching
putter
a golfer who is putting
pass catcher, pass receiver, receiver
a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
receiver
the tennis player who receives the serve
shuffler
the card player who shuffles the cards
slicer
a golfer whose shots typically curve right (for right-handed golfers)
tackler
a football player who tackles the ball carrier
professional tennis player, tennis pro
someone who earns a living playing or teaching tennis
utility man
a baseball player valued for the ability to play at several positions
wing
a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
Type of:
contestant
a person who participates in competitions

n a theatrical performer

Synonyms:
actor, histrion, role player, thespian
Examples:
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Allen Stewart Konigsberg
United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
Fred Astaire
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
Maurice Barrymore
United States actor; husband of Georgiana Emma Barrymore and father of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1847-1905)
Lionel Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1878-1954)
John Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1882-1942)
Humphrey DeForest Bogart
United States film actor (1899-1957)
John Wilkes Booth
United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
Richard Burbage
English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619)
Richard Burton
Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)
James Cagney
United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters (1899-1986)
Maurice Chevalier
French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
Frank Cooper
United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes (1901-1961)
Sir Noel Pierce Coward
English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Hume Blake Cronyn
Canadian actor who frequently played character parts with his wife Jessica Tandy (1911-2003)
Harry Lillis Crosby
United States singer and film actor (1904-1977)
James Byron Dean
United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)
Robert De Niro
United States film actor who frequently plays tough characters (born 1943)
Gerard Depardieu
French film actor (born in 1948)
John Drew
United States actor (born in Ireland); father of Georgiana Emma Barrymore (1827-1862)
Douglas Elton Fairbanks
United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles (1883-1939)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
United States film actor; son of Douglas Elton Fairbanks, (1909-2000)
Henry Fonda
United States film actor (1905-1982)
William Clark Gable
United States film actor (1901-1960)
David Garrick
English actor and theater manager who was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day (1717-1779)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956)
Arthur John Gielgud
English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)
Cary Grant
United States actor (born in England) who was the elegant leading man in many films (1904-1986)
Harley Granville-Barker
English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
Sir Alec Guinness
English stage and screen actor noted for versatility (1914-2000)
Thomas J. Hanks
United States film actor (born in 1956)
Reginald Carey Harrison
English actor on stage and in films (1908-1990)
John Hemminge
English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (1556-1630)
Dustin Hoffman
versatile United States film actor (born in 1937)
Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins
Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
Leslie Howard Stainer
English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)
Asa Yoelson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
William Henry Pratt
United States film actor (born in England) noted for his performances in horror films (1887-1969)
Edmund Kean
English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters (1789-1833)
Joseph Francis Keaton
United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Eugene Curran Kelly
United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
Charles Laughton
United States film actor (born in England) (1899-1962)
Lee Yuen Kam
United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)
Jack Lemmon
United States film actor (1925-2001)
Harold Clayton Lloyd
United States comic actor in silent films; he used physical danger as a source of comedy (1893-1971)
Laszlo Lowestein
United States actor (born in Hungary) noted for playing sinister roles (1904-1964)
Bela Ferenc Blasko
United States film actor (born in Hungary) noted for portraying monsters (1884-1956)
Alfred Lunt
United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)
E. G. Marshall
United States actor (1914-1998)
Steve Martin
United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)
James Neville Mason
English film actor (1909-1984)
Robert Mitchum
United States film actor (1917-1997)
Dudley Stuart John Moore
English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films (born in 1935)
Paul Leonard Newman
United States film actor (born in 1925)
Baron Olivier of Birghton
English actor best know for his Shakespearean roles (1907-1989)
Peter Seamus O'Toole
British actor (born in Ireland in 1932)
Sidney Poitier
United States film actor and director (born in 1927)
Charles Robert Redford
United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films (born in 1936)
Sir Ralph David Richardson
British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles (1902-1983)
Edward Goldenberg Robinson
United States film actor noted for playing gangster roles (1893-1973)
George C. Scott
award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)
Peter Sellers
English comic actor (1925-1980)
Francis Albert Sinatra
United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
Otis Skinner
United States actor (1858-1942)
Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky
Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
James Maitland Stewart
United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros (1908-1997)
Israel Strassberg
United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
Erich von Stroheim
United States film actor (born in Austria) (1885-1957)
Spencer Tracy
United States film actor who appeared in many films with Katharine Hepburn (1900-1967)
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
Peter Alexander Ustinov
British actor and playwright (1921-2004)
Duke Wayne
United States film actor who played tough heroes (1907-1979)
George Orson Welles
United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)
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actress
a female actor
barnstormer, play-actor, playactor, trouper
an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
character actor
an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
comedian
an actor in a comedy
ham, ham actor
an unskilled actor who overacts
heavy
an actor who plays villainous roles
ingenue
an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
leading man
actor who plays the leading male role
mime, mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist
an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
plant
an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
reenactor
a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier
scene-stealer
an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene
movie actor, screen actor
an actor who plays a role in a film
lead, principal, star
an actor who plays a principal role
extra, spear carrier, supernumerary
a minor actor in crowd scenes
tragedian
an actor who specializes in tragic roles
standby, understudy
an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
upstager
a selfish actor who upstages the other actors
walk-on
plays a small part in a dramatic production
comedienne
a female actor in a comedy
co-star
one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film
film star, movie star
a star who plays leading roles in the cinema
icon, idol, matinee idol
someone who is adored blindly and excessively
leading lady
actress who plays the leading female role
starlet
a young (film) actress who is publicized as a future star
TV star, television star
a star in a television show
tragedienne
an actress who specializes in tragic roles
Type of:
performer, performing artist
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

n someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

Synonyms:
instrumentalist, musician
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accompanist, accompanyist
a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
accordionist
a musician who plays the accordion
bandsman
a player in a band (especially a military band)
bassist
a musician who play the bass viol
bassoonist
a musician who plays the bassoon
bell ringer
someone who plays musical handbells
carillonneur
a musician who plays a carillon
cellist, violoncellist
someone who plays a violoncello
clarinetist, clarinettist
a musician who plays the clarinet
flautist, flute player, flutist
someone who plays the flute
gambist
a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
guitar player, guitarist
a musician who plays the guitar
harmoniser, harmonizer
a musician who sings or plays in harmony
harper, harpist
someone who plays the harp
harpsichordist
someone who plays the harpsichord
hornist
a musician who plays a horn (especially a French horn)
jazz musician, jazzman
a musician who plays or composes jazz music
keyboardist
a musician who plays a keyboard instrument
koto player
a musician who plays the koto
lutanist, lutenist, lutist
a musician who plays the lute
oboist
a musician who plays the oboe
organist
a person who plays an organ
percussionist
a musician who plays percussion instruments
pianist, piano player
a person who plays the piano
bagpiper, piper
someone who plays the bagpipe
recorder player
someone who plays the recorder
rhythm and blues musician
a performer (and sometimes composer) of rhythm and blues music
rock 'n' roll musician, rocker
a performer or composer or fan of rock music
saxist, saxophonist
a musician who plays the saxophone
singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
a person who sings
sitar player
a musician who plays the sitar
soloist
a musician who performs a solo
trombone player, trombonist
a musician who plays the trombone
cornetist, trumpeter
a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
vibist, vibraphonist
a musician who plays the vibraphone
fiddler, violinist
a musician who plays the violin
violist
a musician who plays the viola
alto
a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
alto saxophonist, altoist
a musician who plays the alto saxophone
baritone, barytone
a male singer
bass, basso
an adult male singer with the lowest voice
bugler
someone who plays a bugle
canary
a female singer
caroler, caroller
a singer of carols
castrato
a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
chorister
a singer in a choir
contralto
a woman singer having a contralto voice
balladeer, crooner
a singer of popular ballads
cymbalist
a performer on the cymbals
drummer
someone who plays a drum
folk singer, jongleur, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour
a singer of folk songs
hummer
a singer who produces a tune without opening the lips or forming words
lieder singer
a singer of lieder
madrigalist
a singer of madrigals
opera star, operatic star
singer of lead role in an opera
pipe major
the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
rapper
someone who performs rap music
recitalist
a musician who gives recitals
rock star
a famous singer of rock music
songster
a person who sings
soprano
a female singer
syncopator
a musician who plays syncopated jazz music (usually in a dance band)
tenor
an adult male with a tenor voice
tenor saxophonist, tenorist
a musician who plays the tenor saxophone
thrush
a woman who sings popular songs
torch singer
a singer (usually a woman) who specializes in singing torch songs
voice
(metonymy) a singer
warbler
a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
xylophonist
someone who plays a xylophone
yodeller
a singer who changes register rapidly (popular is Swiss folk songs)
Type of:
performer, performing artist
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
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n an important participant (as in a business deal)

“he was a major player in setting up the corporation”
Type of:
participant
someone who takes part in an activity
3

n a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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