- person [pʉr′sən]n.[ME persone < OFr < L persona, lit., actor's face mask, hence a character, person, prob. < Etr phersu, mask]1. a human being, esp. as distinguished from a thing or lower animal; individual man, woman, or child: now usually pluralized as people, which formerly was used only to indicate an indefinite number of persons2. Now Rare an individual regarded slightingly, as one of a lower status3.a) a living human bodyb) bodily form or appearance [to be neat about one's person]4. personality; self; being5. Gram.a) a characteristic, as of pronouns and verbs, indicating whether a given utterance refers to the speaker(s), the one(s) spoken to, or the one(s) spoken about; also, an analytic category based on this characteristicb) the form a verb takes to indicate this characteristic: see FIRST PERSON, SECOND PERSON, THIRD PERSON6. Archaic a role in a play; character7. Law any individual or incorporated group having certain legal rights and responsibilities8. Christian Theol. any of the three modes of being (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in the Trinity——————in personactually present
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.