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Definition of Person

(noun) A single human being; an individual.

Person Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: per·son

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pUHR-s-n/
  • British English – /pUHR-suhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈpərs(ə)n/
  • British English – /ˈpəːsn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: persons
  • The term “person” is indistinguishable from the term “individual” and the usage of one term over the other in examples or definitions is a matter of style not function.

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Cite the Definition of Person

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “person.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 13, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/person/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

person. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/person/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “person.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 13, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/person/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“person.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Jul. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/person/>.