[ pur-suh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF person


I ain't ever met a person yet was satisfied with the hole they was in.

Ambrose was the only person who ever received any communication from Giles Headley.

As Mr. Sanborn says of her, "she is too real a person, not to be true."

I am always thankful to any person that brought me into city of Perth.

In the hands of nearly every third person was a printed paper.

Hannah, as she moves up and down, is shunned as a person infected.

When your obstinacy is equal to any other person's passion, blame not your brother.

On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.

Favour for a person will exalt the one, as disfavour will sink the other.

No person, no home, no community can be beyond the reach of this call.


early 13c., from Old French persone "human being, anyone, person" (12c., Modern French personne) and directly from Latin persona "human being, person, personage; a part in a drama, assumed character," originally "mask, false face," such as those of wood or clay worn by the actors in later Roman theater. OED offers the general 19c. explanation of persona as "related to" Latin personare "to sound through" (i.e. the mask as something spoken through and perhaps amplifying the voice), "but the long o makes a difficulty ...." Klein and Barnhart say it is possibly borrowed from Etruscan phersu "mask." Klein goes on to say this is ultimately of Greek origin and compares Persephone.

Of corporate entities from mid-15c. The use of -person to replace -man in compounds and avoid alleged sexist connotations is first recorded 1971 (in chairperson). In person "by bodily presence" is from 1560s. Person-to-person first recorded 1919, originally of telephone calls.


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