(also human being) a person rather than an animal or a machine Dogs can hear much better than humans. That is no way to treat another human being. Word Origin late Middle English humaine, from Old French humain(e), from Latin humanus, from homo
‘man, human being’. The present spelling became usual in the 18th cent.; compare with humane.Extra examples Can the disease be passed from birds to humans? More work is needed on the interface between humans and machines. Most animals will avoid contact with humans unless cornered.