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[suhm-wuhn, -wuh n] /ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən/
some person; somebody.
Origin of someone
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at some, one Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • someone, as he crossed the room, whirled to follow him with a glance.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He had a singular feeling that someone had been looking at him while he slept.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It made Andrew think, foolishly enough, of someone tipping a hat.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • If it's got to be someone, Sidney, I'd rather have it the roomer upstairs than Wilson.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I—I'm being very frank, but I've got to talk this out with someone.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
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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