• (RP) IPA: /pɜːsəˈnælətɪ/, /-i/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌpɝsəˈnælɪti/, [ˌpɝsəˈnælɪɾi]


  1. A set of non-physical psychological and social qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
    • Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground.
    The president has a unique personality.
  2. An assumed role or manner of behavior.
    My work PC emulates a Windows personality.
    In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.
  3. A celebrity.
    Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.
  4. Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
    • 1959, Lloyd Price, “Personality”:
      But over and over / I´ll be a fool for you / 'cause you got personality.
    The best contestant shows most personality.
  5. Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • 1905, O. Henry, "Telemachus, Friend"
      Perceiving that personalities were not out of order, I asked him what species of beast had long ago twisted and mutilated his left ear.
    indulgence in personalities
  6. (legal) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: personalidade
  • Russian: ли́чные ка́чества

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