Definition of personality in English:


Syllabification: per·son·al·i·ty
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.
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.
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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