Definition of third person in English:

third person


  • 1A third party.

  • 2

    see person
    1. 2.1A type of narrative in which the story is related by an omniscient narrator, using third-person forms.
      • ‘And it's conceived of in a mixture of first-person and third-person voices.’
      • ‘In his latest novel, whilst preserving third-person detachment, he writes compellingly from Ellie's point of view.’
      • ‘The accident is told both from the point of view of the passengers on the train and from that of the third-person narrator.’
      • ‘Why did you decide to use the third-person point of view?’
      • ‘The revival version, then, is the only one told from the point of view of a third-person narrator who witnesses the meeting of the protagonists.’
      • ‘Thus he is both the third-person narrator of Don Quixote's story and the first-person narrator of his own story.’
      • ‘He uses his first-person narration not to tell us about himself, but to undermine the authority of his third-person narration.’
      • ‘The entire story will be written in this format; I will not be converting to third-person perspective.’
      • ‘The story is written from a third-person point of view: a narrator telling about a scientist and a monster.’
      • ‘The words are taken from 1984 and consist of a third-person analysis of a hypothetical, endless, and contrived war between three superpowers.’
      • ‘I wanted nothing cool, nothing distant, nothing distilled through the author into a third-person narrator, I just wanted it said.’
      • ‘Narrated in the present tense, the story unfolds in the voice of an unnamed third-person narrator.’
      • ‘I spent several weeks writing a third-person narrative of my existence, up to this point and continuing in broad strokes into the future.’
      • ‘The story is written from a third-person point of view.’
      • ‘And after two books, I was very eager to get back to narrative third-person writing.’


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