- a person or thing that plays.
- a person who takes part or is skilled in some game or sport.
- a person who plays parts on the stage; an actor.
- a performer on a musical instrument.
- Informal. a participant, as in a conference or business deal.
- a machine or piece of software that reproduces sound or images: a record player; a videodisc player; a digital media player.
- a gambler.
- Slang. a person engaged in illicit or illegal activity, especially a pimp.
- a mechanical device by which a musical instrument, as a player piano, is played automatically.
Origin of player
- Gary,born 1935, South African golfer.
Examples from the Web for player
By setting no goals, the player must find their own purpose.
And that gets to the heart of what makes the game so incredible: By staying silent, it turns the player into the game master.
The player starts out with a fleet of three or four ships (depending on the machine), which he operates one at a time.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
In my 12 seasons as an NFL player, no one ever accused me of not being black enough.Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It
October 23, 2014
When NFL player Ray Rice beats his wife, the media is outraged and demands action.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?
October 8, 2014
The poet, the player, and all but the dancing-master and doctor, went on this errand.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
It is not for the player, himself, to become a piece upon the board.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
I marvel at the invention of the composer and the skill of the player, but there I cease.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
"I've often thought you might have been a player," said she contemptuously.The Lion's Skin
The player—who may be left on the ground long after all games have been played out.Audrey Craven
- a person who participates in or is skilled at some game or sport
- a person who plays a game or sport professionally
- a person who plays a musical instrument
- an actor
- informal a participant, esp a powerful one, in a particular field of activitya leading city player
- See record player
- the playing mechanism in a Pianola
- Gary (ˈɡærɪ). born 1935, South African golfer: winner of nine major championships (1959–78), including the British Open (1959, 1968, 1974)
Word Origin and History for player
Old English plegere, agent noun from play (v.). Stage sense is from mid-15c. As a pimp's word for himself (also playa), attested from 1974. Player-piano attested from 1901.