• Personality


    • IPA: /ˌpɜrsəˈnælɪti/


    Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English personalite, from Middle French, from Late Latin persōnālitās.


    Full definition of personality



    (plural personalities)
    1. A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
      • Samuel Taylor ColeridgePersonality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground.
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 19, Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
    2. The president has a unique personality.
    3. An assumed role or manner of behavior.
      My work PC emulates a Windows personality.
      In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.
    4. A celebrity.
      Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.
    5. Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
      • 1959, Lloyd Price, “Personality”:But over and over
        I´ll be a fool for you
        'cause you got personality.
    6. The best contestant shows most personality.
    7. Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
      • Thomas Babington MacaulaySharp personalities were exchanged.
      • 1905, O. Henry, Perceiving that personalities were not out of order, I asked him what species of beast had long ago twisted and mutilated his left ear.
    8. indulgence in personalities
    9. (legal) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.



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