person [-s] n

OFr < L. persōna, mask used by a player; character, actor, or role; one who plays or performs a part.

  1. Individual; human being.
  2. Being; entity; creature; mortal.
  3. Character; actor; masked performer.
  4. Phrase. “Persons of prognostication”: fortunetellers; soothsayers; prophets; seers; visionaries; [fig.] robins; birds returning north after winter is over in New England; signs of approaching spring.
  5. Phrase. “In person”: personally; himself; by his own physical presence; without a substitute or representative.