Definition of persona in US English:

persona

noun

  • 1The aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others.

    ‘her public persona’
    In psychology, often contrasted with anima
    • ‘Supposedly, the point is that the public can see the people behind the public persona.’
    • ‘This persona I present to you all on here, while in many ways that of my own, is also of that someone else I'd like to be.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the Kaiser's perceived public and private persona was one of these problems.’
    • ‘Here is a performer whose personal tragedies have always informed her public persona.’
    • ‘Some say Luke's present and past personas are inconsistent; I say they are perfectly consistent.’
    • ‘The tendency is to build acceptable traits into the persona and to keep unacceptable traits hidden or repressed.’
    • ‘However, remember the public persona and the private person are two very different people.’
    • ‘When a famous person promotes a foodstuff, their public persona acquires a nurturing, human edge.’
    • ‘The play looks at the star whose private life was a complete contrast to his public persona.’
    • ‘In a culture that places a premium on media exposure, it is no surprise that men and women who are seen by millions daily have a public persona.’
    • ‘The public personas of some writers cut a wide swath through the publishing world.’
    • ‘The public personae of Lincoln and Grant have undergone similar fates.’
    • ‘Now that the two have exposed their repressed animosity toward each other, there's an added layer of drama and intrigue to their public personas.’
    • ‘His public persona has been moulded and redefined so as to render him acceptable to all.’
    • ‘The public personas of Shawn and Cole differed markedly, however.’
    • ‘Many people have stated how the persona they present on their blog, while being largely true, is only part of their real selves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One thing it's important to remember with all of these people - their public personas, their public writings, are to a great degree a pose.’
    • ‘Some commenters find this problematic, pointing out that people present different personas to different people, depending on the situation.’
    • ‘The line between ‘us’ and ‘them’ became the line between an individual's public and private personas.’
    1. 1.1 A role or character adopted by an author or an actor.
      • ‘In all six films he adopts six different personas, which is something he enjoys about the character.’
      • ‘Stand-up is less about the material and more about confidence, authority and having a consistent persona.’
      • ‘Take every opportunity you can to perform in front of others and develop your stage persona.’
      • ‘As a writer drawing on this experience, I seem able to take different perspectives on board and I am comfortable adopting a range of personae.’
      • ‘It becomes hectic with the same actors changing persona within seconds.’
      • ‘For years he's adopted personae to tell stories in songs.’
      • ‘There's nothing worse than a musician or an actor who will only do interviews as their stage persona.’
      • ‘The narrating persona admits that he cannot understand the unformed mind of the younger man he is describing.’
      • ‘I thought I'd make the most of it and adopt a more sinister persona for three or four performances.’
      • ‘The writing is crisp, making the characters realistic personas despite their larger-than-life roles.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that each actor carefully projects their characters' personas with deliberate intent.’
      • ‘Just as he acquired more than one name, so he had different roles and personae.’
      • ‘Their roles and personas can differ with the production, combination and utilisation of selected characterisations: in other words, creators are created.’
      • ‘There's nothing there where the characters should be, not even the actor's star personas.’
      • ‘First is their ability to adopt different personas.’
      • ‘Since then she's taken on many personas in various stories and role plays.’
      • ‘When credit and responsibility are at issue, gatekeepers try and fall back upon supposedly stable older personas of the ‘author’ to restore some decorum.’
      image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self, front, facade, mask, guise, exterior, role, part
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Origin

Early 20th century: Latin, literally ‘mask, character played by an actor’.

Pronunciation

persona

/ˌpərˈsoʊnə//ˌpərˈsōnə/