first person

[ furst-pur-suhn ]

  1. the grammatical person used by a speaker in statements referring to the speaker's own self(first person singular ) or to a group including the speaker (first person plural ).

  2. a pronoun or verb form in the first person, as I or am in English, or a set of such forms.

  1. a literary style in which the narrative is told from the perspective of a narrator speaking directly: The story is written in the first person.

Origin of first person

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for first person

first person

  1. a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used by the speaker to refer to or talk about himself or herself, either alone (first person singular) or together with others (first person plural)

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