Definition of “the first person” - English Dictionary

“the first person” in British English

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the first personnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌfɜːst ˈpɜː.sən/ us /ˌfɝːst ˈpɝː.sən/

B2 the form of a verb or pronoun that is used when people are speaking or writing about themselves:

Autobiographies are written in the first person.

More examples

  • The novel is written in the first person, so that the author and narrator seem to be the same.
  • In Dickens' "Great Expectations", the story is told in the first person, with Pip as the narrator.


showing that someone is speaking or writing about themselves :

The writer is deliberately personal, using the first-person pronoun throughout.

telling a story using the form "I" or "we":

The nameless first-person narrator is the focus of the story.

described by someone who was actually present somewhere or who actually experienced something, rather than by someone reporting what they said:

a collection of first-person accounts of former slaves

used to refer to a video game that you play as though you are the person in the game:

Doom is the orginal first-person shooter video game.


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

“first person” in American English

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first personnoun [ U ]

/ˈfɜrst ˈpɜr·sən/

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

“I,” “me,” and “my” are first person singular pronouns, and “we,” “us,” and “our” are first person plural pronouns.

literature The first person is a style of writing in which a story is told in the voice of one of the characters:

Autobiographies are written in the first person.

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