|—n , peoples|
|1.||persons collectively or in general|
|2.||a group of persons considered together: blind people|
|3.||the persons living in a country and sharing the same nationality: the French people|
|4.||one's family: he took her home to meet his people|
|5.||persons loyal to someone powerful: the king's people accompanied him in exile|
|a. the mass of persons without special distinction, privileges, etc|
|b. the body of persons in a country, esp those entitled to vote|
|7.||(tr) to provide with or as if with people or inhabitants|
|—n , pl persons|
|1.||an individual human being|
|2.||the body of a human being, sometimes including his or her clothing: guns hidden on his person|
|3.||a grammatical category into which pronouns and forms of verbs are subdivided depending on whether they refer to the speaker, the person addressed, or some other individual, thing, etc|
|4.||a human being or a corporation recognized in law as having certain rights and obligations|
|5.||philosophy a being characterized by consciousness, rationality, and a moral sense, and traditionally thought of as consisting of both a body and a mind or soul|
|6.||archaic a character or role; guise|
|a. actually present: the author will be there in person|
|b. without the help or intervention of others|
|usage People is the word usually used to refer to more than one individual: there were a hundred people at the reception. Persons is rarely used, except in official English: several persons were interviewed|
person per·son (pûr'sən)
A living human.
The composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality; the self.
The living body of a human.
Physique and general appearance.
An inflectional form (see inflection) of pronouns and verbs that distinguishes between the person who speaks (first person), the person who is spoken to (second person), and the person who is spoken about (third person). The pronoun or verb may be singular or plural. For example:
first person singular: I walk.
second person singular: you walk.
third person singular: he/she/it walks.
first person plural: we walk.
second person plural: you walk.
third person plural: they walk.
In addition to the idiom beginning with people, also see tell (people) apart.