first person



the grammatical person used by a speaker in statements referring to himself or herself (first person singular) or to a group including himself or herself (first person plural).
a pronoun or verb form in the first person, as I or am in English, or a set of such forms.
a literary style in which the narrative is told from the perspective of a narrator speaking directly about himself or herself: a story written in the first person.

Origin of first person

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for first person

Contemporary Examples of first person

Historical Examples of first person

  • Homer's mind, in other words, remembers as first-person data experiences it never had.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • Stevenson said, in one of the Vailima Letters, that first-person tales were more in accord with his temperament.

    Essays on Modern Novelists

    William Lyon Phelps

British Dictionary definitions for first person

first person


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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