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third person

the person that is used by the speaker of an utterance in referring to anything or to anyone other than the speaker or the one or ones being addressed.
a linguistic form or the group of linguistic forms referring to this grammatical person, as certain verb forms, pronouns, etc.:
“He goes” contains a pronoun and a verb form in the third person.
in or referring to such a grammatical person or linguistic form:
“He,” “she,” “it,” and “they” are third person pronouns, singular and plural, nominative case.
Origin of third person
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The third-person formula may be used, but there must be a certain warmth in the note to avoid any semblance of indifference.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
British Dictionary definitions for third-person

third person

a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to objects or individuals other than the speaker or his addressee(s)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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