Definition of personality in English:


Syllabification: per·son·al·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌpərsəˈnalitē

noun (plural personalities)

  • 1The combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character: she had a sunny personality that was very engaging figurative each brand of gin has its own personality she has triumphed by sheer force of personality
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    • Drawings and dialogue combine to create distinctive personalities for these birds.
    • Instead it is a study of the personality traits of successful people.
    • The character design and animations go a long way to present the personalities of different characters.
  • 1.1Qualities that make someone interesting or popular: she’s always had loads of personality
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    • On top of all that, Charles says they have bucket loads of personality.
    • He had an extremely dark sense of humour and so much personality.
    • It has that sense of unassuming warm-heartedness and personality.
    charisma, magnetism, strength/force of personality, character, charm, presence
  • 3 archaic The quality or fact of being a person as distinct from a thing or animal.
  • 4 (personalities) • archaic Disparaging remarks about an individual.


late Middle English (sense 3): from Old French personalite, from medieval Latin personalitas, from Latin personalis 'of a person' (see personal). sense 1 dates from the late 18th century.

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