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’
    figurative ‘each brand of gin has its own personality’
    ‘she has triumphed by sheer force of personality’
    • ‘The style is determined by the personality and character of the publication, and often by the target audience.’
    • ‘This is the bunk in which the wrong combination of personalities creates bad chemistry.’
    • ‘We've all seen her in full flow, holding the room captive with the sheer force of her personality.’
    • ‘Instead it is a study of the personality traits of successful people.’
    • ‘His characters have definite personalities and aren't just generic.’
    • ‘It becomes obvious in conversation that intellect is still one of the personality traits she admires most.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drawings and dialogue combine to create distinctive personalities for these birds.’
    • ‘You have characters that have strong personalities, but they can do crazy things.’
    • ‘Every character was not only given a defining gesture, stance and voice but also a distinctive personality.’
    • ‘This is the only way voters can assess the personalities and characters of these people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a major resemblance in the personality traits of most trendy people.’
    • ‘A good mask should be able to express the personality of the character.’
    • ‘They would have to make a character chart listing their personality and qualities.’
    • ‘In a vivacious woman, not necessarily a pretty one, her personality, charm and character can shine through.’
    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.’
      • ‘He had an extremely dark sense of humour and so much personality.’
      • ‘They felt Coolidge was too quiet, that he lacked color and 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘There is only one possible reason for a book such as this, the autobiography of a television personality.’
    • ‘The resort's seclusion attracted him more than the chance to see any celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘But maybe we shouldn't be too surprised at the contestants' failure to develop celebrity personalities.’
    • ‘If given a chance, are there any famous movie stars or sports personalities you would like to meet?’
    • ‘We do not value age in our television personalities, he laments.’
    • ‘There remains the question of the distinction between a television star and a television personality.’
    • ‘They were also asked to identify famous personalities, after showing their distorted picture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, the media world has lost many of its most famous personalities.’
    • ‘Pupils at the school have named sections of the centre after famous Farnworth personalities.’
    • ‘The book's final pages are dedicated to memories of famous personalities and places that are no more.’
    • ‘Regular columns like interviews with famous personalities allow readers to have a feel of what helped people come up in life.’
    • ‘She had a fund of anecdotes and her good-humoured mimicking of personalities is justly famous.’
    • ‘How many remember the old school in which they studied before becoming famous personalities.’
    • ‘I suppose I was questioning the whole idea of what a celebrity or a personality is.’
    • ‘Much of their life is in the pages and before you ever meet these famous personalities, you know a ton about them.’
    • ‘On Sunday are two resort walks looking back at places associated with the early life of two of Morecambe's most famous personalities.’
    • ‘They had tons of posters, equipment and maps about famous battles and personalities.’
    • ‘But would a single company be able to manage the competing egos of the print and television 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 ( personality): from Old French personalite, from medieval Latin personalitas, from Latin personalis of a person (see personal). personality dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation:

personality

/ˌpərsəˈnalədē/