Definition of player in English:


Line breaks: play¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪə


1A person taking part in a sport or game: a tennis player
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  • Baseball is a sport and players need to decide whether they play the game for the love of the game or for economics.
  • The class is designed to accommodate all athletes and sports players at suitable indoor training.
  • Skiba says that many football players now sport a garment called compression shorts.
1.1A person or body that is involved and influential in an area or activity: the country’s isolationism made it a secondary player in world political events
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  • We occasionally discussed politics with the players from the south.
  • Almost as interesting in our chart is the absence of some influential media players.
  • In a small place, a person of ability can be an influential player at 25.
1.2 (also playa) informal A confident, successful man with many sexual partners: she’s so wary of playas, she’s declared herself celibate
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  • Sounds like you're the only 'playa' here.
  • I offer the service of hauling your stuff up to the playa.
  • Could the new James Bond be a real playa, like James has been in the past?
2 [usually with modifier] A person who plays a musical instrument: a guitar player
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  • We teach the choir accompanists and band players who make school music programs a success.
  • He is an excellent songwriter, decent guitar player and superb singer, all of which are evident on this dynamic EP.
  • Somewhere in the gardens a gamelan player spreads a musical spell, charming the moon to rise like a mirror out of the sea.
musician, performer, instrumentalist, soloist, virtuoso, artist, artiste
2.1A device for playing recorded music: an MP3 player a CD player
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  • In addition, a cassette or compact disc player may be placed within reach for listening to music or audio books.
  • But you do get a lot of extra brightly coloured cassette tape players that eat batteries and break really easily.
  • Songs can then be copied to iPod players or burned onto compact disc.
3An actor: there are moments of tenderness beautifully expressed by the players
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  • There are two basic types of male film actor - leading men and character players.
  • Let's call them chefs or actors, or players or whatever and leave them off the pedestal.
  • The acting in this film is fine across the board, from lead actors to bit players.

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