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’
    ‘she has triumphed by sheer force of personality’
    figurative ‘each brand of gin has its own personality’
    • ‘We've all seen her in full flow, holding the room captive with the sheer force of her personality.’
    • ‘The character design and animations go a long way to present the personalities of different characters.’
    • ‘It becomes obvious in conversation that intellect is still one of the personality traits she admires most.’
    • ‘This is the only way voters can assess the personalities and characters of these people.’
    • ‘Every character was not only given a defining gesture, stance and voice but also a distinctive personality.’
    • ‘This is the bunk in which the wrong combination of personalities creates bad chemistry.’
    • ‘You have characters that have strong personalities, but they can do crazy things.’
    • ‘My emphasis was very much on the individuals and characters and personalities.’
    • ‘This is also when you can get to know the personality and character of your prospective sitter.’
    • ‘A good mask should be able to express the personality of the character.’
    • ‘There is a major resemblance in the personality traits of most trendy people.’
    • ‘His characters have definite personalities and aren't just generic.’
    • ‘Instead it is a study of the personality traits of successful people.’
    • ‘In a vivacious woman, not necessarily a pretty one, her personality, charm and character can shine through.’
    • ‘People are drawn to their sunny personality and easygoing disposition.’
    • ‘Drawings and dialogue combine to create distinctive personalities for these birds.’
    • ‘The results are chaotic and funny as personalities clash and each character's true love emerges from his or her ordeal.’
    • ‘The majority of choices in both films seem logical given the particular personalities of the characters.’
    • ‘They would have to make a character chart listing their personality and qualities.’
    • ‘The style is determined by the personality and character of the publication, and often by the target audience.’
    character, nature, disposition, temperament, make-up, persona, psyche, identity
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    1. 1.1 Qualities that make someone interesting or popular.
      ‘she's always had loads of personality’
      • ‘On top of all that, Charles says they have bucket loads of personality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They felt Coolidge was too quiet, that he lacked color and personality.’
      • ‘It has that sense of unassuming warm-heartedness and personality.’
      • ‘Not that it matters anyway: we're probably more interested in personality and passion for the role than test points.’
      • ‘He had an extremely dark sense of humour and so much personality.’
      charisma, magnetism, strength of personality, force of personality, character, powers of attraction, charm, presence, individuality, attractiveness
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  • 2A famous person, especially in entertainment or sports.

    ‘an official opening by a famous personality’
    • ‘On Sunday are two resort walks looking back at places associated with the early life of two of Morecambe's most famous personalities.’
    • ‘Regular columns like interviews with famous personalities allow readers to have a feel of what helped people come up in life.’
    • ‘There is only one possible reason for a book such as this, the autobiography of a television personality.’
    • ‘Pupils at the school have named sections of the centre after famous Farnworth personalities.’
    • ‘If given a chance, are there any famous movie stars or sports personalities you would like to meet?’
    • ‘There remains the question of the distinction between a television star and a television personality.’
    • ‘She had a fund of anecdotes and her good-humoured mimicking of personalities is justly famous.’
    • ‘But would a single company be able to manage the competing egos of the print and television personalities?’
    • ‘Over the last few years, the media world has lost many of its most famous personalities.’
    • ‘They were also asked to identify famous personalities, after showing their distorted picture.’
    • ‘Much of their life is in the pages and before you ever meet these famous personalities, you know a ton about them.’
    • ‘How many remember the old school in which they studied before becoming famous personalities.’
    • ‘They cannot rise to become famous media personalities by ‘speaking what they often hear’.’
    • ‘Also, children may enjoy street soccer together with some famous players and personalities.’
    • ‘We do not value age in our television personalities, he laments.’
    • ‘I suppose I was questioning the whole idea of what a celebrity or a personality is.’
    • ‘The book's final pages are dedicated to memories of famous personalities and places that are no more.’
    • ‘But maybe we shouldn't be too surprised at the contestants' failure to develop celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘The resort's seclusion attracted him more than the chance to see any celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘They had tons of posters, equipment and maps about famous battles and personalities.’
    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 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 (sense 3)): from Old French personalite, from medieval Latin personalitas, from Latin personalis ‘of a person’ (see personal). personality (sense 1) dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

personality

/ˌpərsəˈnalədē//ˌpərsəˈnælədi/