Meaning of PERSON in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈpər-s ə n ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French persone, from Latin persona actor's mask, character in a play, person, probably from Etruscan phersu mask, from Greek prosōpa, plural of prosōpon face, mask — more at prosopopoeia

Date: 13th century

1. : human , individual — sometimes used in combination especially by those who prefer to avoid man in compounds applicable to both sexes

chair person

spokes person

2. : a character or part in or as if in a play : guise


a. : one of the three modes of being in the Trinitarian Godhead as understood by Christians

b. : the unitary personality of Christ that unites the divine and human natures


a. archaic : bodily appearance

b. : the body of a human being ; also : the body and clothing

unlawful search of the person

5. : the personality of a human being : self

6. : one (as a human being, a partnership, or a corporation) that is recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties

7. : reference of a segment of discourse to the speaker, to one spoken to, or to one spoken of as indicated by means of certain pronouns or in many languages by verb inflection

• per·son·hood -ˌhu̇d noun

- in person

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.