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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The grammatical category of forms that designate a person or thing other than the speaker or the one spoken to. Examples of forms in the third person include English pronouns such as she and they and verb forms such as Spanish hablan "they speak.”
  • n. A discourse or literary style in which the narrator recounts his or her own experiences or impressions using such forms: an essay written in the third person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see third,‎ person.
  • n. The words, word-forms, and grammatical structures, taken collectively, that are normally used of people or things other than the speaker or the audience.
  • n. the form of a verb used when the subject of a sentence is not the audience or the one making the statement. In English, pronouns used with the third person include he, she, it, one, they, and who.
  • n. A form of narrative writing using verbs in the third person in order to give the impression that the action is happening to another person.
  • n. Someone not associated with a particular matter; a third party.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the person spoken of. See Person, n., 7.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pronouns and verbs that are used to refer to something other than the speaker or addressee of the language in which they occur

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