Word forms: plural -people
, plural -persons
1. combining form
...the spa's 32-person staff.
...his 1971 one-person exhibition.
2. combining form
is added to nouns
to form nouns which refer
to someone who does a particular job
or is in a particular group. -person
is used by people who do not want
to use a term
which indicates whether someone is a man
or a woman
be used in this way.
...Mrs. Sahana Pradhan, chairperson of the United Leftist Front.
...Jessie Marshall, a contemporary craftsperson.
He had a staff of six salespeople working for him.
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