One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something which stands for, signifies, or denotes another; an image, a sign, a symbol.
2A representative of a person, group, country, etc.; a spokesperson, a deputy.
3Specifically = "representative". archaic and rare in later use.
4Generally. A person who or thing which depicts, portrays, or renders something perceptible to the senses.
5A person who puts forward a statement or account, especially with a view to influencing action or to creating a particular impression of a matter; (in later use) (Law) (a) a person who makes a statement which forms the basis of a contract; (b) a complainant, a petitioner (now rare).
6Church History. In plural The authors of the Representation presented to the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland in 1721 in connection with the Marrow Controversy.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Reginald Pecock (c1392–?1459), bishop of Chichester and religious author. From represent + -er, partly after Middle French representeur person who represents, person who presents, actor, comedian.
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