Definition of personality in English:



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

    ‘she had a sunny personality that was very engaging’
    figurative ‘each brand of gin has its own personality’
    [mass noun] ‘she has triumphed by sheer force of personality’
    • ‘This is the only way voters can assess the personalities and characters of these people.’
    • ‘This is the bunk in which the wrong combination of personalities creates bad chemistry.’
    • ‘They would have to make a character chart listing their personality and qualities.’
    • ‘Instead it is a study of the personality traits of successful people.’
    • ‘There is a major resemblance in the personality traits of most trendy people.’
    • ‘The style is determined by the personality and character of the publication, and often by the target audience.’
    • ‘My emphasis was very much on the individuals and characters and personalities.’
    • ‘Drawings and dialogue combine to create distinctive personalities for these birds.’
    • ‘Every character was not only given a defining gesture, stance and voice but also a distinctive personality.’
    • ‘A good mask should be able to express the personality of the character.’
    • ‘The results are chaotic and funny as personalities clash and each character's true love emerges from his or her ordeal.’
    • ‘It becomes obvious in conversation that intellect is still one of the personality traits she admires most.’
    • ‘You have characters that have strong personalities, but they can do crazy things.’
    • ‘In a vivacious woman, not necessarily a pretty one, her personality, charm and character can shine through.’
    • ‘His characters have definite personalities and aren't just generic.’
    • ‘The majority of choices in both films seem logical given the particular personalities of the characters.’
    • ‘This is also when you can get to know the personality and character of your prospective sitter.’
    • ‘The character design and animations go a long way to present the personalities of different characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    character, nature, disposition, temperament, make-up, persona, psyche, identity
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    1. 1.1Qualities 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.’
      • ‘Not that it matters anyway: we're probably more interested in personality and passion for the role than test points.’
      • ‘It has that sense of unassuming warm-heartedness and personality.’
      • ‘He had an extremely dark sense of humour and so much 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.’
      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’
    • ‘They were also asked to identify famous personalities, after showing their distorted picture.’
    • ‘She had a fund of anecdotes and her good-humoured mimicking of personalities is justly famous.’
    • ‘Much of their life is in the pages and before you ever meet these famous personalities, you know a ton about them.’
    • ‘Pupils at the school have named sections of the centre after famous Farnworth personalities.’
    • ‘On Sunday are two resort walks looking back at places associated with the early life of two of Morecambe's most famous personalities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suppose I was questioning the whole idea of what a celebrity or a personality is.’
    • ‘They had tons of posters, equipment and maps about famous battles and personalities.’
    • ‘They cannot rise to become famous media personalities by ‘speaking what they often hear’.’
    • ‘Regular columns like interviews with famous personalities allow readers to have a feel of what helped people come up in life.’
    • ‘There remains the question of the distinction between a television star and a television personality.’
    • ‘How many remember the old school in which they studied before becoming famous personalities.’
    • ‘But maybe we shouldn't be too surprised at the contestants' failure to develop celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘We do not value age in our television personalities, he laments.’
    • ‘There is only one possible reason for a book such as this, the autobiography of a television personality.’
    • ‘The book's final pages are dedicated to memories of famous personalities and places that are no more.’
    • ‘Also, children may enjoy street soccer together with some famous players and personalities.’
    • ‘The resort's seclusion attracted him more than the chance to see any celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘If given a chance, are there any famous movie stars or sports personalities you would like to meet?’
    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.

  • 4archaic Disparaging remarks about an individual.


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