Word forms: people
Definitionslanguage note: The usual word for 'more than one person' is people. The form persons is used as the plural in formal or legal language.
1. countable noun
A person is a man, woman, or child. ⇒ At least one person died and several others were injured. ⇒ Everyone knows he's the only person who can do the job. ⇒ My great-grandfather was a person of some importance here. ⇒ The amount of sleep we need varies from person to person. ⇒ They were both lovely, friendly people. ⇒ At least fifty four people have been killed and a further fifty are missing.
2. plural noun Persons is used as the plural of person in formal, legal, and technical writing. ⇒ ...removal of the right of accused persons to remain silent. ⇒ Persons who wish to adopt a child may contact their local social services department. ⇒ ...persons with neck problems. 3. countable noun If you talk about someone as a person, you are considering them from the point of view of their real nature. ⇒ I've a lot of time for him as a person now. ⇒ Robin didn't feel good about herself as a person. 4. countable noun If someone says, for example, 'I'm an outdoor person' or 'I'm not a coffee person', they are saying whether or not they like that particular activity or thing. [mainly spoken] ⇒ I am not a country person at all. I prefer the cities. 7. countable noun
Your person is your body. [formal] ⇒ The suspect had refused to give any details of his identity and had carried no documents on his person.
9. countable noun In grammar, we use the term first person when referring to 'I' and 'we', second person when referring to 'you', and third person when referring to 'he', 'she', 'it', 'they', and all other noun groups. Person is also used like this when referring to the verb forms that go with these pronouns and noun groups.
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