Meaning of MEMBER in English


mem ‧ ber S1 W1 /ˈmembə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: membre , from Latin membrum ]

1 . a person or country that belongs to a group or organization:

The majority of union members voted in favour of a strike.

member of

You can also invite members of your family.

He is a member of the local tennis club.


In everyday English, people usually say there are 4/5 etc people in their family rather than saying that their family has 4/5 etc members :

▪ My family has eight members. ➔ There are eight people in my family.

2 . one of a particular group of animals or plants

member of

The plant is a member of the lily family .

Wolves and domestic dogs are members of the same species.

3 . British English a Member of Parliament

member for

the member for Truro

4 . formal a man’s sex organ SYN penis

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■ verbs

▪ be a member of something

Lisa is a member of the hockey team.

▪ become a member

Germany became a member of N.A.T.O. in 1954.


▪ a committee/staff/family etc member

Close friendships developed between crew members on the ship.

▪ a leading member (=an important member)

a discussion between leading members of the profession

▪ a senior/junior member (=with a higher or lower rank)

A senior member of the government has resigned.

▪ an active member (=one who takes part in many activities of an organization)

She was an active member of the church.

▪ a founder member (=one who helped start an organization)

He was a founder member of the African National Congress.

▪ a staff member

He became a staff member of the Institute in 2002.

▪ a full member (=one who has all the possible rights of a member)

At that time, women were not allowed to be full members of the club.

▪ an associate member (=one who has fewer rights than a full member)

Turkey is an associate member of the European Union.

▪ a card-carrying member ( also a paid-up member British English ) (=an official member of an organization)

She was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.

▪ a life member (=one who has paid to be a member for their whole life)

a life member of the Royal Academy of Artists

▪ an honorary member (=one who has been given membership as an honour)

He was made an honorary member of the Botanical Society.

■ phrases

▪ a member of a committee/of staff etc

All members of staff attend regular training sessions.

▪ a member of the public

Members of the public were invited to put forward suggestions.

▪ a member of society (=a citizen)

We want our children to become productive members of society.

■ member + NOUN

▪ a member state/country/nation (=a country that belongs to an international organization)

the member states of the European Union

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.