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

  • n. One that plays, especially:
  • n. One who participates in a game or sport.
  • n. A gambler.
  • n. One who performs in theatrical roles.
  • n. One who plays a musical instrument.
  • n. An active participant: a major player in world affairs.
  • n. The mechanism actuating a player piano.
  • n. A machine that reproduces recorded audio or audio-visual material.
  • n. Slang One who actively seeks out sexual partners and carries on a number of sexual affairs at the same time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plays.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A dramatic performer; an actor; one who enacts characters on the stage.
  • n. One who performs on an instrument of music.
  • n. In harness-manuf., a small piece of metal attached by links to the mouthpiece of the bridle.

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

  • n. someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
  • n. an important participant (as in a business deal)
  • n. a theatrical performer
  • n. a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
  • n. 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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