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1the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual:running away was not in keeping with her character the distinctive nature of something:gas lamps give the area its character the quality of being individual, typically in an interesting or unusual way:the island is full of character strength and originality in a person’s nature:she had character as well as beauty a person’s good reputation:to what do I owe this attack on my character? dated a written statement of someone’s good qualities; a recommendation. 2a person in a novel, play, or movie. a part played by an actor. [with adjective] a person seen in terms of a particular aspect of character:he was a larger-than-life character shady characters informal an interesting or amusing individual:he’s a real character 3a printed or written letter or symbol. Computing a symbol representing a letter or number. 4
chiefly Biology a characteristic, especially one that assists in the identification of a species.
verb [with object] archaic
describe; characterize:you have well charactered him