Definition of dramatis personae in English:

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dramatis personae

Pronunciation: /ˌdramətɪs pəːˈsəʊnʌɪ/
/ˌdramətɪs pəːˈsəʊniː/

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
The characters of a play, novel, or narrative: he has little gift for bringing his dramatis personae to life
More example sentences
  • His edition also regularized the entrances and exits of characters and attached a dramatis personae to each play for the first time.
  • Putting together preliminary notes for his dramatis personae, Trollope jotted down the following thumbnail sketches.
  • It is hard to assess performances when the dramatis personae are so unpersonable, unbelievable, and, above all, unmemorable.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'persons of the drama'.

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