Definition of personage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərsənij/


1A person (often used to express their significance, importance, or elevated status): it was no less a personage than the bishop
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  • The most influential people in Cambridge society were present and many personages of notable importance had travelled up from London to attend the event.
  • There are also historical personages with almost mythical status - Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Nelson.
  • She appeared to be a princess or a personage of high importance anyway.
important person, VIP, luminary, celebrity, personality, name, famous name, household name, public figure, star, leading light, dignitary, notable, notability, worthy, panjandrum;
informal celeb, somebody, big shot, big wheel, big kahuna, big cheese
1.1A character in a play or other work.
Example sentences
  • Dancers perform and various personages enact their masquerade roles before the major characters make their appearances.
  • Brenda is lewd, tough, quick-witted, hilarious - a more vivid character than any fictional personage in recent American movies.
  • I have the ability to pour myself at will into other cartoon personages - male, female or indeterminate.


Late Middle English: from Old French, reinforced by medieval Latin personagium 'effigy'. In early use the word was qualified by words such as honorable, eminent, but since the 19th century the notion “significant, notable” has been implied in the word itself.

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Syllabification: per·son·age

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