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Usage statistics for the noun member:

spoken English38.67%written English61.33% conversational speech5.48%task-oriented speech94.52% imaginative writing13.16%informational writing86.84%
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Definition of the noun member

What does member mean as a name of something?

Member is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • member: members
  • Member: Members

  1. one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
    • examples: only members will be admitted | a member of the faculty | she was introduced to all the members of his family
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of member: fellow member
    • antonym of member: nonmember
    • more generic word: associate = a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
    • more specific terms:
      • Areopagite = a member of the council of the Areopagus
      • brother = a male person who is a fellow member
      • cabalist = a member of a cabal
      • charter member = one of the original members when an organization was founded
      • commissioner = a member of a commission
      • committee member = a member of a committee
      • council member / councillor = a member of a council
      • Conservative = a member of a Conservative Party
      • fellow = a member of a learned society
      • homeboy = a fellow male member of a youth gang
      • homegirl = a fellow female member of a youth gang
      • huddler = a member of a huddle
      • inductee = a person inducted into an organization or social group
      • joiner = a person who likes to join groups
      • kibbutznik = a member of a kibbutz
      • kolkhoznik = a member of a kolkhoz
      • board member = a member of a governing board
      • clan member / clanswoman / clansman = a member of a clan
      • club member = someone who is a member of a club
      • pledge = someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
      • Rosicrucian = a member of a secret 17th-century society of philosophers and scholars versed in mystical and metaphysical and alchemical lore
      • Rosicrucian = a member of any of various organizations that subsequently derived from the 17th-century society
      • Rotarian = a member of a Rotary Club
      • sister = a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group
      • sodalist = a member of a sodality
      • tribesman = someone who lives in a tribe
  2. anything that belongs to a set or class
    • examples: snakes are members of the class Reptilia | members of the opposite sex
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic terms: component / component part / constituent / part / portion = something determined in relation to something that includes it
  3. an external body part that projects from the body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of member: appendage / extremity
    • more generic term: external body part = any body part visible externally
    • more specific words:
      • chelicera = either of the first pair of fang-like appendages near the mouth of an arachnid
      • mouthpart = any part of the mouth of an insect or other arthropod especially one adapted to a specific way of feeding
      • fang = an appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom
      • nipper / pincer / chela / claw = a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
      • parapodium = one of a pair of fleshy appendages of a polychete annelid that functions in locomotion and breathing
      • fin = organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other aquatic animals
      • swimmeret / pleopod = one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming
      • limb = one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing
      • dactyl / digit = a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
  4. an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations)
    • examples: the library was a member of the interlibrary loan association | Canada is a member of the United Nations
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: social unit / unit = an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  5. the male sex organ (`member' is a euphemism)

Alternative definition of the noun member


  1. One who officially belongs to a group.
  2. A limb.
  3. The penis.
  4. [logic] One of the propositions making up a syllogism.
  5. [set theory] An element of a set.
  6. [computing, programming] In object-oriented programming, a function or piece of data associated with each separate instance of a class.


  1. member: A member of this group.
  2. Member: The name of the person who served on this committee.
  3. member: The person serving on this committee. If the person served several non-consecutive terms, enter those separately.
  4. Member: A Member, in chivalry, is a rank in an Order of Chivalry.  It is typically a term used where the term 'Knight' is not appropriate.  The Swedish Order of the Polar Star uses the term Member, and Member First Class, in replacement to Knight, and Knight First Class, for Women and Priest who have earned this rank.
  5. Member: Used to identify members of a set that would not otherwise get picked up using a general property/value constraint.

Phrases with Member

Phrases starting with the word Member:

  1. member bank
  2. Member state
  3. Member Function

Phrases ending with the word Member:

  1. non-member
  2. one-member
  3. clan member
  4. club member
  5. crew member
  6. Euro-Member
  7. Male Member
  8. board member
  9. staff member
  10. union member
  11. church member
  12. fellow member
  13. Virile Member
  14. charter member
  15. council member
  16. faculty member
  17. Founding Member

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Member

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Google previewSequential Logic (2006)

Analysis and Synthesis by Joseph Cavanagh

is an ordered pair whose first member is an ordered pair. For example, an ordered triple is of the form <<x1, x2>, x3> An ordered quadruple (4-tuple) is an ordered pair whose first member is an ordered triple. Thus ...

Google previewStrategy Game Programming with DirectX 9.0 (2003)

by Todd Barron

The second member is a UINT called style. Just as the name indicates, the style member is used to specify the style of the window you are creating. The cool part about the style member is that you can specify several styles in combination with ...

Google previewDigital Image Processing Methods (1994)

by Dougherty

A pixel, picture element, or pel is a pair whose first member is a resolution cell or (row, column) spatial position and whose second member is the image intensity value or vector of image values associated with the spatial position. 9. A voxel ...

Google previewGraveyard of Ships (Starship Scorpius, Book 2) (2015)

by Jessie Jasen

Every team member is an organ. One team member is the lung, other team member is the brain, another one the stomach, and the list goes on. If one organ fails, the organism stops functioning.” Race stops for a moment to take a sip of water ...

Google previewFor All Practical Purposes (2003)

Mathematical Literacy in Today's World

participant (an ordinary member) is the pivotal voter. In the next group, M C M M M M M, the vote accumulation sequence is 1,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; again, an ordinary member is the pivotal voter. The chairperson is the pivotal voter in groups 3, 4, ...

Google previewHeadquarters Army Civilian Personnel System: HQ ACPERS Data Element Dictionary, December 2000

FAMILY MEMBER FLAG (F) Definition: A code to indicate the type of sponsor the employee is a family member of. Field Format: 1 Alphanumeric DE NAME: LN- FAM DIN: XGA Field Table Number: 551 Codes Usage Cleartext Blank LN Not ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2007)

by Thomas A. Schwandt

Hence, rather than being some sort of simple corroboration or act of validation by respondents, member ...

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Usage statistics about member

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun member:

spoken English38.67%written English61.33% conversational speech5.48%task-oriented speech94.52% imaginative writing13.16%informational writing86.84%

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Quotes about Member

I think I am the oldest member and have been in good standing longer than any other member of this church. (John Harvey Kellogg)
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Scrabble value of M3E1M3B3E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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