person - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “person”

See all translations

person

noun [C]  us   /ˈpɜr·sən/ (plural people  /ˈpi·pəl/ or persons)
a man, woman, or child: Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. The auditorium can seat about 500 people. The plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 29 persons aboard. Person is also used when describing someone’s character or personality: I don’t think of him as a book person (= someone who likes books). She’s nice enough as a person, but she’s not right for the job.Note: In formal writing, the plural "persons" is sometimes preferred over "people," but "persons" is also used in news reports – At least 30 persons are dead or missing – and in the phrase "person or persons" when the number of people is not known – We expect to catch the person or persons responsible.
Idioms
Translations of “person”
in Arabic شَخْص…
in Korean 사람, 인간…
in Malaysian orang, bersamanya…
in French personne, soi…
in Turkish kişi, birey, şahıs…
in Italian persona…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, (用於描述人的某一品質)…的人…
in Russian человек, личность…
in Polish osoba…
in Vietnamese người, theo người…
in Spanish persona, encima (suyo)…
in Portuguese pessoa…
in Thai มนุษย์, ที่ตัว…
in German die Person, der Körper…
in Catalan persona…
in Japanese 人, 人間…
in Indonesian orang, diri…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, (用于描述人的某一品质)…的人…
(Definition of person from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of person?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “person” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cost/charge the earth

to cost, charge, etc. a lot of money

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More