Definition of player noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpleɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪər//
    Film people, People in the music world
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  1. 1  a person who takes part in a game or sport a tennis/rugby/chess, etc. player a game for four players a midfield player We've lost two key players through injury.
  2. 2a company or person involved in a particular area of business or politics The company has emerged as a major player in the London property market. see also team player
  3. 3  (in compounds) a machine for reproducing sound or pictures that have been recorded on CDs, etc. a CD/DVD/cassette/record player
  4. 4   (usually in compounds) a person who plays a musical instrument a trumpet player See related entries: People in the music world
  5. 5(old-fashioned) (especially in names) an actor Phoenix Players present ‘Romeo and Juliet’. See related entries: Film people
  6. Extra examples The club was forced to sell their star player. The team has drafted some good players in recent years. Their company is a major player in the London property market. These boots are for the professional rather than for the average player. one of the country’s top tennis players At that time, he was one of the most famous baseball players in America. He proved an excellent chess player. She’s a former international netball player for New Zealand. They’re both attacking players who’ve scored 37 of the team’s 40 goals this season. We’ve lost two key players through injury.
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