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Etymology

From Middle English persone < Old French persone (human being, French personne) < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] persona (a dramatic mask, hence role, part, character), possibly < Etruscan phersu ("mask").

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
person

Plural
plural persons, people (by suppletion) See Usage notes.

person (plural persons, people (by suppletion) See Usage notes.)
  1. Human being; individual.
  2. Specific human being.
    Where is the person?
  3. The physical body of a specified individual.
    Meanwhile, the dazed Sullivan, dressed like a bum with no identification on his person, is arrested and put to work on a brutal Southern chain gang.New York Times, 2004
  4. (law) Any individual or formal organization with standing before the courts.
    By common law a corporation or a trust is legally a person.
  5. (grammar) A linguistic category used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance and those to whom or about whom he is speaking. See grammatical person.

Usage notes

  • The plural of the oldest senses of "person" ("human being") is almost always "people". The plural of later senses is always "persons".

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Translations

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Breton

Noun

Breton consonant mutation
unmutated soft aspirate hard mixed
singular person berson ferson unchanged unchanged
plural personed bersoned fersoned unchanged unchanged

person m. (plural personed)

  1. vicar



Danish

Noun

person c.

  1. person

Norwegian

Noun

person

  1. person

Inflection



Swedish

Inflection for person Singular Plural
Common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative person personen personer personerna
Genitive persons personens personers personernas

Pronunciation

Noun

person

  1. human being
  2. individual

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