Definition of persona in English:


Syllabification: per·so·na
Pronunciation: /ˌpərˈsōnə

noun (plural personas or personae /-ˈsōnē/)

1The aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others: her public persona In psychology, often contrasted with anima.
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  • The public personas of some writers cut a wide swath through the publishing world.
  • Some commenters find this problematic, pointing out that people present different personas to different people, depending on the situation.
  • It was only after several years of painting celebs that I thought I could paint regular people whose personas weren't public and well-known.
1.1A role or character adopted by an author or an actor.
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  • The writing is crisp, making the characters realistic personas despite their larger-than-life roles.
  • First is their ability to adopt different personas.
  • In all six films he adopts six different personas, which is something he enjoys about the character.
image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self;
front, facade, guise, exterior, role, part


early 20th century: Latin, literally 'mask, character played by an actor'.

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