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[suhm-wuhn, -wuh n] /ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən/
some person; somebody.
Origin of someone
1275-1325; Middle English; see some, one Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for someone
  • Every second, it seems, someone in the world takes on more debt.
  • Create a bouquet of these beautiful tissue paper flowers for someone special.
  • Last summer someone killed seven of these magnificent creatures.
  • What is difficult to you might be brilliant to someone else.
  • And someone started leaving chopped-up sausages on his car, a possible reference to castration.
  • The good news is that someone still wants to spy on us.
  • someone who takes the time to help with your studies and your career.
  • But being able to feel a bit better-off than someone else makes it a bit more bearable.
  • After natural disasters, an anxious public wants to see that someone understands the catastrophe.
  • But in its absence, there is no reason whatsoever to infer that someone is losing out because a price seems low.
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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