From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpersonper‧son /ˈpɜːsən $ ˈpɜːr-/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1 (plural people /ˈpiːpəl/)PERSON/PEOPLE a human being, especially considered as someone with their own particular characterHe was a very nice person, always pleasant and friendly.The only person who really said anything helpful was Jack.kind/type/sort of personDavid was not the sort of person who found it easy to talk about his feelings.I like her as a person, but not as a boss.I still know quite a lot of people in the village.a group of young peoplecity/cat/night etc person (=someone who likes a particular kind of thing)I’m not a morning person.2 →in person3 →businessperson/salesperson etc4 (plural persons) formal or lawPERSON/PEOPLE someone who is not known or not namedThe police are appealing for any person who was in the area at this time to contact them.murder by person or persons unknownAll 115 persons on board were killed.5 →on/about your person6 →in the person of somebody →first person, missing person, person-to-person, second person, third personUSAGE: People, persons• The plural of person is usually people: There are 25 people in the class.✗Don't say: There are 25 persons in the class. • The plural persons is used in official English, for example in official notices, documents, or statements: All persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States.The maximum number of persons in each group is 14.
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person• Power does not necessarily make a personhappy.• A person can be amazingly happy on the Great Plains.• The club does not allow any person under the age of 21 to enter.• Kevin's not an easyperson to get to know.• About 70 percent of those elderlypersons living with younger people are severely disabled.• Forms of particulars of claim are supplied by the courtoffice to parties in person.• I think Sue's a really niceperson.• In practice if not always in law, a marriedcouple became one person, that person being the husband.• He's the only person I know who can speak Chinese.• It would have to be an evil-beneath-the-surface person who seems to be trustworthy.• Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for the fire.• I look forward to meeting the person who has mastered this strangeness.• The ratevariesaccording to the experience of the person dealing with the work.• The person who finishes first gets a special prize.• If you're asking me about Latin, you're asking the wrongperson.kind/type/sort of person• She wasn't the spontaneouskind of person who would just up and leave.• And I shan't be that sort of person, she thought.• Would I become the kind of person I despised?• Gioella is the sort of person everyone has known for ever.• Uh, he is very conscious of the type of person that comes into the office.• It heals us of depression and sadness, as if they were intrinsic to the kind of person I believe myself to be.• We applaud this kind of person when they climbmountains, crossdeserts, sailoceans and survive against incredibleodds.• So, what kind of person is WillowBay?From King Business Dictionarypersonper‧son /ˈpɜːsənˈpɜːr-/ (also legal person) noun (plural persons) [countable]LAWa person or group of people who have certain rights and dutiesIn Scotland, a firm is a legal person distinct from the partners of the firm. →artificial person →natural person → see alsodetail personOriginperson(1100-1200)Old Frenchpersone, from Latinpersona“actor's mask, character in a play, person”, probably from Etruscanphersu“mask”