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.

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