Definition of personal distance in US English:

personal distance


  • 1A degree of remoteness that is either desired or felt to exist by a person between himself or herself and another person; specifically (Sociology and Psychology) = "social distance".

  • 2Personal detachment; objectivity.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Relly Beard (1800–1876), Unitarian minister and educationist. From personal + distance.