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Dictionary Definition



1 a person who participates in or is skilled at some game [syn: participant]
2 someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession) [syn: musician, instrumentalist]
3 a theatrical performer [syn: actor, histrion, thespian, role player]
4 an important participant (as in a business deal); "he was a major player in setting up the corporation"

User Contributed Dictionary




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  1. of something that "plays" itself; a player piano.


  1. One who plays any game.
  2. A dramatic actor.
  3. One who plays on a musical instrument.
  4. A gamester; a gambler.
  5. One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
  6. A person who plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.


who plays any game
  • Czech: hráč
  • Danish: spiller
  • Finnish: pelaaja
  • Polish: gracz, zawodnik
  • Spanish: jugador , jugadora
  • Swedish: spelare
dramatic actor
  • Czech: herec
  • Danish: skuespiller
  • Finnish: näyttelijä
  • Swedish: skådespelare
who plays on a musical instrument
  • Danish: spiller
  • Finnish: peluri
  • Swedish: spelare
  • Finnish: peluri
person "playing the field"
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Extensive Definition

Player may refer to:

Theatre, film, and television

  • An actor
  • The Player (1992), a satirical film directed by Robert Altman about a cynical Hollywood film producer
  • The Player (1971), a rare film featuring billiards legend Minnesota Fats (Rudolph Wanderone Jr.) as himself
  • Bravo 2, a television channel, originally known as Player, focusing on gambling



See also

player in Persian: بازیکن
player in German: Spieler
player in French: Player
player in Korean: 플레이어
player in Dutch: Player
player in Russian: Плеер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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