Definition of personality in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpərsəˈnalədē/

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.
character, nature, disposition, temperament, makeup, persona, psyche
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
2A famous person, especially in entertainment or sports: an official opening by a famous personality
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  • Pupils at the school have named sections of the centre after famous Farnworth personalities.
  • They cannot rise to become famous media personalities by ‘speaking what they often hear’.
  • On Sunday are two resort walks looking back at places associated with the early life of two of Morecambe's most famous personalities.
celebrity, VIP, star, superstar, name, famous name, newsmaker, household name, big name, somebody, leading light, luminary, notable, personage, notability
informal celeb
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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Syllabification: per·son·al·i·ty

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