Meaning of -PERSON in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ -pɜ:(r)s(ə)n ]
( -people, or -persons)
-person is added to numbers to form adjectives which indicate how many people are involved in something or can use something. People is not used in this way.
...the spa’s 32-person staff.
...his 1971 one-person exhibition.
COMB in ADJ : ADJ n
-person is added to nouns to form nouns which refer to someone who does a particular job or is in a particular group. -person is used by people who do not want to use a term which indicates whether someone is a man or a woman. -people can also be used in this way.
...Mrs. Sahana Pradhan, chairperson of the United Leftist Front...
He had a staff of six salespeople working for him.
COMB in N-COUNT
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006