- the grammatical person used by the speaker of an utterance in referring to anyone or anything other than the speaker or the one (third person singular) or ones (third person plural) being addressed.
- a pronoun or verb form in the third person, as she or goes in English, or a set of such forms.
Origin of third person
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for third person
Plath writes in the kind of third-person interior monologue she often used for her short stories and early fiction.Sylvia Plath’s Darkest Sea: What an Unveiled Draft Poem Reveals
May 3, 2013
They got that, but they got it colored by a distancing, third-person narrative and bouts of self-justification.Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study
October 3, 2012
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
- a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to objects or individuals other than the speaker or his addressee(s)
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