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third person

noun
  1. the grammatical person used by the speaker of an utterance in referring to anyone or anything other than the speaker or the one (third person singular) or ones (third person plural) being addressed.
  2. a pronoun or verb form in the third person, as she or goes in English, or a set of such forms.
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Origin of third person

First recorded in 1580–90
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Contemporary Examples of third person

Historical Examples of third person

  • The third-person formula may be used, but there must be a certain warmth in the note to avoid any semblance of indifference.

    Book of Etiquette

    Lillian Eichler


British Dictionary definitions for third person

third person

noun
  1. a grammatical category of pronouns and verbs used when referring to objects or individuals other than the speaker or his addressee(s)
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