[suhm-wuhn, -wuh n]


some person; somebody.

Origin of someone

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at some, one Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for someone

Contemporary Examples of someone

Historical Examples of someone

  • Someone, as he crossed the room, whirled to follow him with a glance.

  • He had a singular feeling that someone had been looking at him while he slept.

  • It made Andrew think, foolishly enough, of someone tipping a hat.

  • If it's got to be someone, Sidney, I'd rather have it the roomer upstairs than Wilson.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I—I'm being very frank, but I've got to talk this out with someone.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for someone



some person; somebody


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for someone

c.1300, sum on; from some + one. Someone else "romantic rival" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper