- 1 a person who is not known or mentioned by name There's someone at the door. Someone's left their bag behind. It's time for someone new (= a new person) to take over. It couldn't have been me—it must have been someone else (= a different person). Should we call a doctor or someone? The difference between someone and anyone is the same as the difference between some and any. Look at the notes there.
- 2 an important person He was a small-time lawyer eager to be someone. compare nobody