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[suhm-wuhn, -wuh n] /ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən/
some person; somebody.
Origin of someone
1275-1325; Middle English; see some, one Unabridged
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  • We must have someone we can not only rely upon, but who can drive.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • He had a singular feeling that someone had been looking at him while he slept.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • someone was walking through the empty rooms carrying a lamp.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • It made Andrew think, foolishly enough, of someone tipping a hat.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • To her surprise, she discovered that someone on the other side was engaged in the same occupation.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for someone


/ˈsʌmˌwʌn; -wən/
some person; somebody
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for someone

c.1300, sum on; from some + one. Someone else "romantic rival" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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