One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A specified person; specifically a person individually specified in a legal document or action, as opposed to one included in a category or class consisting of several persons.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From post-classical Latin persona designata a specified person (3rd cent.) from classical Latin persōna juridical person + dēsignāta, feminine of dēsignātus.
persona designata/pəˌsəʊnə dɛzɪɡˈnɑːtə/
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