Definition of dramatis personae in English:

dramatis personae

Line breaks: drama|tis per|sonae
Pronunciation: /ˌdramətɪs pəːˈsəʊnʌɪ
 
, -niː/

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.

Origin

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

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