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noun [countable] person pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)s(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    an individual human, usually an adult. The plural is people, but in formal or official language the form persons is used

    Rooms cost £20 per person.

    She’s the type of person who always offers to wash up after a party.

    Every single person in the room stopped talking.

    Some people hate camping.

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone likes a particular thing or activity

      Janet has always been a bit of an outdoor person.

      I don’t like takeaways. I’m not a fast food person.

    2. b.
      used when you do not know who did something

      Some stupid person left the cooker on all night.

      He has been charged with supplying heroin to persons unknown.

  2. 2
    very formal your body, or the clothes that you are wearing

    His person had been searched without legal authority.

    on/about someone’s person:

    She always carried a small pair of scissors about her person.


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