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Noun player has 4 senses
  1. player, participant - a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
    --1 is a kind of contestant
    --1 has particulars:
     ballplayer, baseball player; billiard player; bowler; card player; chess player; dart player; football player, footballer; golfer, golf player, linksman; grandmaster; hockey player, ice-hockey player; lacrosse player; most valuable player, MVP; pool player; scorer; seeded player, seed; server; shooter; soccer player; stringer; tennis player; volleyball player
    Derived form: verb play1
  2. musician, instrumentalist, player - someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
    --2 is a kind of performer, performing artist
    --2 is a member of musical organization, musical organisation, musical group
    --2 has particulars:
     accompanist, accompanyist; accordionist; bandsman; bassist; bassoonist; bell ringer; carillonneur; cellist; clarinetist, clarinettist; flutist, flautist, flute player; guitarist, guitar player; harmonizer, harmoniser; harpist, harper; harpsichordist; hornist; jazz musician, jazzman; keyboardist; koto player; lutist, lutanist, lutenist; oboist; organist; percussionist; pianist, piano player; piper, bagpiper; recorder player; rhythm and blues musician; rocker, rock 'n' roll musician; saxophonist, saxist; singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser; sitar player; soloist; trombonist, trombone player; trumpeter, cornetist; vibist, vibraphonist; violinist, fiddler; violist
    Derived form: verb play3
  3. actor, histrion, player, thespian, role player - a theatrical performer
    --3 is a kind of performer, performing artist
    --3 has particulars:
     actress; barnstormer, playactor, play-actor, trouper; character actor; comedian; ham, ham actor; heavy; ingenue; leading man; mime, mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist; plant; scene-stealer; screen actor, movie actor; star, principal, lead; supernumerary, spear carrier, extra; tragedian; understudy, standby; upstager; walk-on; Allen, Woody Allen, Allen Stewart Konigsberg; Astaire, Fred Astaire; Barrymore, Maurice Barrymore, Herbert Blythe; Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore; Barrymore, John Barrymore; Bogart, Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey DeForest Bogart; Booth, John Wilkes Booth; Burbage, Richard Burbage; Burton, Richard Burton; Cagney, Jimmy Cagney, James Cagney; Chevalier, Maurice Chevalier; Cooper, Gary Cooper, Frank Cooper; Coward, Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Coward; Crosby, Bing Crosby, Harry Lillis Crosby; Dean, James Dean, James Byron Dean; De Niro, Robert De Niro; Depardieu, Gerard Depardieu; Drew, John Drew; Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Julius Ullman; Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; Fonda, Henry Fonda; Gable, Clark Gable, William Clark Gable; Garrick, David Garrick; Gibson, Mel Gibson, Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson; Gielgud, Sir John Gielgud, Arthur John Gielgud; Grant, Cary Grant; Granville-Barker, Harley Granville-Barker; Guinness, Alec Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness; Hanks, Tom Hanks, Thomas J. Hanks; Harrison, Rex Harrison, Sir Rex Harrison, Reginald Carey Harrison; Heming, Hemminge, John Heming, John Hemminge; Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman; Hopkins, Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins; Howard, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard Stainer; Jolson, Al Jolson, Asa Yoelson; Karloff, Boris Karloff, William Henry Pratt; Kean, Edmund Kean; Keaton, Buster Keaton, Joseph Francis Keaton; Kelly, Gene Kelly, Eugene Curran Kelly; Laughton, Charles Laughton; Lee, Bruce Lee, Lee Yuen Kam; Lemmon, Jack Lemmon, John Uhler; Lloyd, Harold Lloyd, Harold Clayton Lloyd; Lorre, Peter Lorre, Laszlo Lowestein; Lugosi, Bela Lugosi, Bela Ferenc Blasko; Lunt, Alfred Lunt; Marshall, E. G. Marshall; Martin, Steve Martin; Mason, James Mason, James Neville Mason; Mitchum, Robert Mitchum; Moore, Dudley Moore, Dudley Stuart John Moore; Newman, Paul Newman; Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Sir Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier of Birghton; O'Toole, Peter O'Toole, Peter Seamus O'Toole; Poitier, Sidney Poitier; Redford, Robert Redford, Charles Robert Redford; Richardson, Ralph Richardson, Sir Ralph David Richardson; Robinson, Edward G. Robinson, Edward Goldenberg Robinson; Scott, George C. Scott; Sellers, Peter Sellers; Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Francis Albert Sinatra; Skinner, Otis Skinner; Stanislavsky, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky, Konstantin Sergeevich Alekseev; Stewart, Jimmy Stewart, James Maitland Stewart; Stroheim, Erich von Stroheim; Tracy, Spencer Tracy; Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree; Ustinov, Sir Peter Ustinov, Peter Alexander Ustinov; Wayne, John Wayne, Duke Wayne; Welles, Orson Welles, George Orson Welles
    Derived forms: verb play25, verb play4
  4. player - an important participant (as in a business deal); "he was a major player in setting up the corporation"
    --4 is a kind of
    Derived form: verb play1
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