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See also: Pessoa, pessôa, and pessõa


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From Old Galician-Portuguese pessõa, from Vulgar Latin *pessona, from Latin persōna (mask used by actor; role, part, character), perhaps a loanword from Etruscan 𐌘𐌄𐌓𐌔𐌖 (φersu, mask), from Ancient Greek πρόσωπον (prósōpon). Displaced borrowed persona (retained in dialects of Spain).



  • (Dialectal Brazil) IPA(key): /peˈsow.ɐ/
  • (Northeast Brazil) IPA(key): /peˈso.a/, /pɛˈso.a/ (without vowel harmony)
  • (Rural Central Brazil) IPA(key): /piˈso.ɐ/
  • Hyphenation: pes‧so‧a


pessoa f (plural pessoas)

  1. person (an individual being, especially a human)
    Synonyms: indivíduo, sujeito
    Estava vendo umas pessoas caminhar.I was watching some people walk.
  2. (formal) person (someone’s physical body)
    Synonym: corpo
    O sujeito portava uma arma em sua pessoa.The person was carrying a weapon in his person.
  3. (grammar) person (either the speaker, those spoken to or the subject of the discussion)
    Ele é um pronome da terceira pessoa.He is a third-person pronoun.
  4. (Christianity theology) person (any of the three hypostases of the Holy Trinity)
    Synonyms: pessoa divina, hipóstase


For quotations using this term, see Citations:pessoa.


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