Definition 2024






  1. Some person.
    Is someone there?

Usage notes

  • Logically related to anyone, everyone, and no one. Becomes no one via negation.
    Did anyone help with the clean-up effort?
    Yes, someone helped yesterday, but no one did today because everyone was too busy.



Some translation dictionaries have used the abbreviation s.o. or so for someone.



someone (plural someones)

  1. A partially specified but unnamed person.
    Do you need a gift for that special someone?
    • 2013, James Crosswhite, Deep Rhetoric: Philosophy, Reason, Violence, Justice, Wisdom, University of Chicago Press (ISBN 9780226016344), page 213
      His ultimate concern is with being and beings, with saying something about something and not with the someones who say it and hear it—and not even with the someones whose beings are in conflict about beings in their being.
    • year unknown, T A Smallwood, Reflections Of A Murder, (ISBN 9781445209425), page 2
      It had never happened, it wasn't that there hadn't been any 'someones', there had actually been numerous 'someones', but not one that had gotten between him and his work.
    • 2010, Michael E Kanell, Michael E. Kanell, Mike Kimel, Presimetrics: What the Facts Tell Us About How the Presidents Measure Up On the Issues We Care About, Hachette UK (ISBN 9781603762175)
      Or rather, to someone. Many someones, in fact. But which someones? Well, the someones that benefited while wage controls were in place had to be people for whom salary was not the primary form of income.

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