Explanation of person by Wordnet Dictionary
a human being
- Person ( pẽrs'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]
His first appearance upon the stage in his new person of a sycophant or juggler. Bacon.
No man can long put on a person and act a part. Jer. Taylor.
To bear rule, which was thy part
And person, hadst thou known thyself aright. Milton.
How different is the same man from himself, as he sustains the person of a magistrate and that of a friend! South.
2. The bodily form of a human being; body; outward appearance; as, “of comely person”.
A fair persone, and strong, and young of age. Chaucer.
If it assume my noble father's person. Shak.
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined. Milton.
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.
Consider what person stands for; which, I think, is a thinking, intelligent being, that has reason and reflection. Locke.
4. A human being spoken of indefinitely; one; a man; as, “any person present”.
5. A parson; the parish priest. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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.
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.
☞ 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.
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.
True corms, composed of united personæ . . . usually arise by gemmation, . . . yet in sponges and corals occasionally by fusion of several originally distinct persons. Encyc. Brit.
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.
- Person v. t. To represent as a person; to personify; to impersonate. [Obs.] Milton.
Definition of person by GCIDE Dictionary