Definition of the first person noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    the first person

    BrE BrE//ðə ˌfɜːst ˈpɜːsn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌfɜːrst ˈpɜːrsn//
    [singular] Elements of a story
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  1. 1 (grammar) a set of pronouns and verb forms used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself, or to a group including himself or herself ‘I am’ is the first person singular of the present tense of the verb ‘to be’. ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘we’ and ‘us’ are first-person pronouns.
  2. 2a way of writing a novel, etc. as if one of the characters is telling the story using the word I a novel written in the first person See related entries: Elements of a story
  3. compare second person, third person
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the first person