Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A person (often used to express their significance, importance, or elevated status)‘it was no less a personage than the bishop’
important person, vip, luminary, celebrity, celebutante, personality, name, famous name, household name, public figure, star, mogul, leading light, dignitary, notable, notability, person of note, worthy, panjandrumView synonyms
- ‘The personages described in these pages are not men.’
- ‘For that matter, these days, most important personages using public transportation travel incognito.’
- ‘Harold had won fame and wealth as a Viking, and had been an important personage at the Byzantine Court.’
- ‘We had seats in the Abbey and were able to see the Royal personages passing up the aisle fairly well, but I could not get excited.’
- ‘I suspect that the artist or PR person for this event had many similar reactions from various Z list media personages around the capital.’
- ‘There are also historical personages with almost mythical status - Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Nelson.’
- ‘The most influential people in Cambridge society were present and many personages of notable importance had travelled up from London to attend the event.’
- ‘It's no longer in thrall to important personages and aristocrats.’
- ‘She appeared to be a princess or a personage of high importance anyway.’
- ‘Along with several other practitioners of my trade, and a large number of far more eminent personages, I signed the petition.’
- ‘He must be a very important NF personage to have such a prominent spot in the photo shoot.’
- ‘I recommend that these few personages be accorded the honorary status of ‘Recognized-Friends-of-the-Committee’ as they wander the rest of their days in the void of this empty world.’
- ‘It features a number of Afghan characters, some based on historical personages and some blatantly fictional.’
- ‘He had always thought that Air Force One jets were reserved for very important personages, like the president.’
- ‘Though how many distinguished personages pass through these days is open to debate.’
- ‘The first major championship for eight long months doubles as a meeting place for just about every golf official and important personage.’
- ‘Works by Western filmmakers were alive to history and quite often took their cue from real life events and personages.’
- ‘Many of the historical personages I have written about have been the subjects of films or TV drama series.’
- ‘There was a small red carpet, with candles around it and a smattering of journalists and photographers, talking to important personages and taking their pictures.’
- ‘Look up interesting anecdotes of famous personages that demonstrate your point admirably, and insert them.’
- 1.1 A character in a play or other work.
- ‘I have the ability to pour myself at will into other cartoon personages - male, female or indeterminate.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They require that the personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, reinforced by medieval Latin personagium ‘effigy’. In early use the word was qualified by words such as honourable, eminent, but since the 19th century the notion ‘significant, notable’ has been implied in the word itself.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.