plural noun[treated as singular or plural]
The characters of a play, novel, or narrative.
- 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: Latin, literally 'persons of the drama'.
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Syllabification: dram·a·tis per·so·nae
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