[pur-suh n-tuh-pur-suh n]


(of a long-distance telephone call) chargeable only upon speaking with a specified person at the number called: a person-to-person call to her brother in California.Compare station-to-station.
involving personal or intimate contact between persons: person-to-person diplomacy; a disease contracted through person-to-person contacts.


(in making a long-distance telephone call) to a specified person: I telephoned him person-to-person.Compare station-to-station.
face-to-face; in person: They interviewed her person-to-person.

Origin of person-to-person

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for person-to-person

Contemporary Examples of person-to-person

Historical Examples of person-to-person

  • He arose and went to the visiphone, placed a person-to-person call to Los Angeles.

    The Psilent Partner

    John Victor Peterson

  • Under the circumstances, I didn't think a person-to-person call would be advisable.

    The Other Likeness

    James H. Schmitz

  • Karen showed him the phone and he started to put through a person-to-person call.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper