Meaning of “the third person” in the English Dictionary

"the third person" in British English

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the third personnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌθɜːd ˈpɜː.sən/ us /ˌθɝːd ˈpɝː.sən/


showing that someone is speaking or writing about another person:

The third-person pronoun distances the author from the character it denotes.

telling a story using the pronouns "he" or "she":

The novel alternates between a third-person narrative and notes taken from a court case.

used to refer to a video game in which the player can see their avatar (= character) on the screen:

The game is a third-person shooter since Lara is always visible.


(Definition of “the third person” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"third person" in American English

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third personnoun [ U ]

us /ˈθɜrd ˈpɜr·sən/

grammar the form of pronouns and verbs that people use when speaking or writing about other people:

"He," "him," and "his" are third person singular pronouns, and "they," "them," and "their" are third person plural pronouns.
Novels are usually written in the third person.

(Definition of “third person” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)