Definition of personality in English:

personality

noun

  • 1The combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character:

    ‘she had a sunny personality that was very engaging’
    [mass noun] ‘she has triumphed by sheer force of personality’
    • ‘Drawings and dialogue combine to create distinctive personalities for these birds.’
    • ‘The character design and animations go a long way to present the personalities of different characters.’
    • ‘Every character was not only given a defining gesture, stance and voice but also a distinctive personality.’
    • ‘This is the only way voters can assess the personalities and characters of these people.’
    • ‘The results are chaotic and funny as personalities clash and each character's true love emerges from his or her ordeal.’
    • ‘Instead it is a study of the personality traits of successful people.’
    • ‘His characters have definite personalities and aren't just generic.’
    • ‘There is a major resemblance in the personality traits of most trendy people.’
    • ‘The majority of choices in both films seem logical given the particular personalities of the characters.’
    • ‘It becomes obvious in conversation that intellect is still one of the personality traits she admires most.’
    • ‘People are drawn to their sunny personality and easygoing disposition.’
    • ‘We've all seen her in full flow, holding the room captive with the sheer force of her personality.’
    • ‘This is also when you can get to know the personality and character of your prospective sitter.’
    • ‘The style is determined by the personality and character of the publication, and often by the target audience.’
    • ‘A good mask should be able to express the personality of the character.’
    • ‘In a vivacious woman, not necessarily a pretty one, her personality, charm and character can shine through.’
    • ‘My emphasis was very much on the individuals and characters and personalities.’
    • ‘You have characters that have strong personalities, but they can do crazy things.’
    • ‘They would have to make a character chart listing their personality and qualities.’
    • ‘This is the bunk in which the wrong combination of personalities creates bad chemistry.’
    character, nature, disposition, temperament, make-up, persona, psyche, identity
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] Lively, engaging qualities:
      ‘she's always had loads of personality’
      • ‘Not that it matters anyway: we're probably more interested in personality and passion for the role than test points.’
      • ‘They have no personality, and if you try and study them closely in the dream, you can't make out any detail on their face.’
      • ‘He had an extremely dark sense of humour and so much personality.’
      • ‘It has that sense of unassuming warm-heartedness and personality.’
      • ‘They felt Coolidge was too quiet, that he lacked color and personality.’
      • ‘On top of all that, Charles says they have bucket loads of personality.’
      charisma, magnetism, strength of personality, force of personality, character, powers of attraction, charm, presence, individuality, attractiveness
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  • 2A celebrity or famous person:

    ‘an official opening by a famous personality’
    • ‘Also, children may enjoy street soccer together with some famous players and personalities.’
    • ‘Pupils at the school have named sections of the centre after famous Farnworth personalities.’
    • ‘But would a single company be able to manage the competing egos of the print and television personalities?’
    • ‘They cannot rise to become famous media personalities by ‘speaking what they often hear’.’
    • ‘We do not value age in our television personalities, he laments.’
    • ‘If given a chance, are there any famous movie stars or sports personalities you would like to meet?’
    • ‘How many remember the old school in which they studied before becoming famous personalities.’
    • ‘On Sunday are two resort walks looking back at places associated with the early life of two of Morecambe's most famous personalities.’
    • ‘Much of their life is in the pages and before you ever meet these famous personalities, you know a ton about them.’
    • ‘I suppose I was questioning the whole idea of what a celebrity or a personality is.’
    • ‘They were also asked to identify famous personalities, after showing their distorted picture.’
    • ‘Regular columns like interviews with famous personalities allow readers to have a feel of what helped people come up in life.’
    • ‘But maybe we shouldn't be too surprised at the contestants' failure to develop celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘They had tons of posters, equipment and maps about famous battles and personalities.’
    • ‘The book's final pages are dedicated to memories of famous personalities and places that are no more.’
    • ‘The resort's seclusion attracted him more than the chance to see any celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, the media world has lost many of its most famous personalities.’
    • ‘There is only one possible reason for a book such as this, the autobiography of a television personality.’
    • ‘She had a fund of anecdotes and her good-humoured mimicking of personalities is justly famous.’
    • ‘There remains the question of the distinction between a television star and a television personality.’
    celebrity, vip, star, superstar, celebutante, name, famous name, household name, big name, somebody, leading light, notable, personage, luminary, notability, worthy
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  • 3archaic [mass noun] The quality or fact of being a person as distinct from a thing or animal.

  • 4personalitiesarchaic Disparaging remarks about an individual.

Origin

Late Middle English (in personality): from Old French personalite, from medieval Latin personalitas, from Latin personalis of a person (see personal). personality dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

personality

/pəːsəˈnalɪti/