1. a human being;
- Example: "there was too much for one person to do"
[syn: person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul]
2. a human body (usually including the clothing);
- Example: "a weapon was hidden on his person"
3. a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party;
- Example: "stop talking about yourself in the third person"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Person \Per"son\ (p[~e]r"s'n; 277), n. [OE. persone, persoun, person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne, L. persona a mask (used by actors), a personage, part, a person, fr. personare to sound through; per + sonare to sound. See Per-, and cf. Parson.] 1. A character or part, as in a play; a specific kind or manifestation of individual character, whether in real life, or in literary or dramatic representation; an assumed character. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] His first appearance upon the stage in his new person of a sycophant or juggler. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] No man can long put on a person and act a part. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] To bear rule, which was thy part And person, hadst thou known thyself aright. --Milton. [1913 Webster] How different is the same man from himself, as he sustains the person of a magistrate and that of a friend! --South. [1913 Webster] 2. The bodily form of a human being; body; outward appearance; as, of comely person. [1913 Webster] A fair persone, and strong, and young of age. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] If it assume my noble father's person. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. A living, self-conscious being, as distinct from an animal or a thing; a moral agent; a human being; a man, woman, or child. [1913 Webster] Consider what person stands for; which, I think, is a thinking, intelligent being, that has reason and reflection. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 4. A human being spoken of indefinitely; one; a man; as, any person present. [1913 Webster] 5. A parson; the parish priest. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 6. (Theol.) Among Trinitarians, one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost); an hypostasis. "Three persons and one God." --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster] 7. (Gram.) One of three relations or conditions (that of speaking, that of being spoken to, and that of being spoken of) pertaining to a noun or a pronoun, and thence also to the verb of which it may be the subject. [1913 Webster] Note: A noun or pronoun, when representing the speaker, is said to be in the first person; when representing what is spoken to, in the second person; when representing what is spoken of, in the third person. [1913 Webster] 8. (Biol.) A shoot or bud of a plant; a polyp or zooid of the compound Hydrozoa, Anthozoa, etc.; also, an individual, in the narrowest sense, among the higher animals. --Haeckel. [1913 Webster] True corms, composed of united person[ae] . . . usually arise by gemmation, . . . yet in sponges and corals occasionally by fusion of several originally distinct persons. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster] Artificial person, or Fictitious person (Law), a corporation or body politic; -- this term is used in contrast with natural person, a real human being. See also legal person. --Blackstone. Legal person (Law), an individual or group that is allowed by law to take legal action, as plaintiff or defendent. It may include natural persons as well as fictitious persons (such as corporations). Natural person (Law), a man, woman, or child, in distinction from a corporation. In person, by one's self; with bodily presence, rather than by remote communication; not by representative. "The king himself in person is set forth." --Shak. In the person of, in the place of; acting for. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Person \Per"son\, v. t. To represent as a person; to personify; to impersonate. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
person n 1: a human being; "there was too much for one person to do" [syn: person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul] 2: a human body (usually including the clothing); "a weapon was hidden on his person" 3: a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party; "stop talking about yourself in the third person"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
124 Moby Thesaurus words for "person": Adamite, actor, actually, an existence, anatomy, antagonist, antihero, article, being, bit, bit part, bodily, body, body-build, bones, build, carcass, cast, cat, chap, character, child, clay, clod, cookie, coot, corpus, creature, critter, cue, customer, duck, earthling, entelechy, entity, fat part, feeder, fellow, figure, first person, flesh, form, fourth person, frame, galoot, groundling, guy, hand, head, heavy, hero, heroine, homo, hulk, human, human being, in person, in the flesh, individual, ingenue, integer, item, joker, lead, lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, life, lines, living soul, man, material body, module, monad, mortal, nose, object, obviative, one, organism, part, party, persona, personage, personality, personally, physical body, physique, piece, point, protagonist, proximate, role, second person, shape, side, single, singleton, soma, somebody, someone, something, soubrette, soul, specimen, stick, straight part, supporting character, supporting role, tellurian, terran, themselves, thing, third person, title role, torso, trunk, unit, villain, walk-on, walking part, woman, worldlingBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PERSON. This word is applied to men, women and children, who are called natural persons. In law, man and person are not exactly synonymous terms. Any human being is a man, whether he be a member of society or not, whatever may be the rank he holds, or whatever may be his age, sex, &c. A person is a man considered according to the rank he holds in society, with all the rights to which the place he holds entitles him, and the duties which it imposes. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 137. 2. It is also used to denote a corporation which is an artificial person. 1 Bl. Com. 123; 4 Bing. 669; C. 33 Eng. C. L R. 488; Woodes. Lect. 116; Bac. Us. 57; 1 Mod. 164. 3. But when the word "Persons" is spoken of in legislative acts, natural persons will be intended, unless something appear in the context to show that it applies to artificial persons. 1 Scam. R. 178. 4. Natural persons are divided into males, or men; and females or women. Men are capable of all kinds of engagements and functions, unless by reasons applying to particular individuals. Women cannot be appointed to any public office, nor perform any civil functions, except those which the law specially declares them capable of exercising. Civ. Code of Louis. art. 25. 5. They are also sometimes divided into free persons and slaves. Freemen are those who have preserved their natural liberty, that is to say, who have the right of doing what is not forbidden by the law. A slave is one who is in the power of a master to whom he belongs. Slaves are sometimes ranked not with persons but things. But sometimes they are considered as persons for example, a negro is in contemplation of law a person, so as to be capable of committing a riot in conjunction with white men. 1 Bay, 358. Vide Man. 6. Persons are also divided into citizens, (q.v.) and aliens, (q.v.) when viewed with regard to their political rights. When they are considered in relation to their civil rights, they are living or civilly dead; vide Civil Death; outlaws; and infamous persons. 7. Persons are divided into legitimates and bastards, when examined as to their rights by birth. 8. When viewed in their domestic relations, they are divided into parents and children; husbands and wives; guardians and wards; and masters and servants son, as it is understood in law, see 1 Toull. n. 168; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1890, note.U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):
Person -- U.S. County in North Carolina Population (2000): 35623 Housing Units (2000): 15504 Land area (2000): 392.310699 sq. miles (1016.080003 sq. km) Water area (2000): 11.779144 sq. miles (30.507842 sq. km) Total area (2000): 404.089843 sq. miles (1046.587845 sq. km) Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37 Location: 36.392403 N, 78.991888 W Headwords: Person Person, NC Person County Person County, NC