from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that plays, especially.
  • noun One who participates in a game or sport.
  • noun A gambler.
  • noun One who performs in theatrical roles.
  • noun One who plays a musical instrument.
  • noun An active participant.
  • noun The mechanism actuating a player piano.
  • noun A device that plays or controls the playing of audio or video recordings.
  • noun Slang One who actively seeks out sexual partners and carries on a number of sexual affairs at the same time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In harness-manuf., a small piece of metal attached by links to the mouthpiece of the bridle.
  • noun One who plays.
  • noun A contestant in a game or match of any kind; also, one who is in the habit of playing, or who is skilled in, a particular game : as, a chess-player; a billiard-player.
  • noun A dramatic performer; an actor; one who enacts characters on the stage.
  • noun One who performs on an instrument of music.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
  • noun One who plays any game.
  • noun A dramatic actor.
  • noun One who plays on an instrument of music.
  • noun A gamester; a gambler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who plays any game or sport.
  • noun One who plays a part in something; a character
  • noun theater An actor in a dramatic play.
  • noun music One who plays on a musical instrument.
  • noun One who is playful, given to games and other amusement; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
  • noun gaming, video games A gamer; a gamester.
  • noun gambling A gambler.
  • noun informal A person who plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.
  • noun electronics An electronic device that plays audio and/or video media, such as CD player.
  • noun software A software application that plays audio and/or video.
  • adjective of something that "plays" itself, like certain automated devices

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

  • noun someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
  • noun an important participant (as in a business deal)
  • noun a theatrical performer
  • noun a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
  • noun a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English playere, from Old English pleġere ("player, athlete, wrestler"), equivalent to play +‎ -er.


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