Origin of personage
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Examples from the Web for personage
Even compared with his personage in Casino Royale, the 007 of Quantum is basically a grunting eunuch.Has Bond Lost His Balls?
November 3, 2008
Now what other personage is there in Shakespeare who shows these traits or some of them?The Man Shakespeare
The Personage on the hearthrug had been listening with profound attention.The Secret Agent
Mr. Macgregor, rising, advanced with great respect to this personage.
But Philip had another motive in continuing his acquaintance with that personage.
Until now this personage had escaped the observation of the travelers.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- an important or distinguished person
- another word for person (def. 1) a strange personage
- rare a figure in literature, history, etc
Word Origin and History for personage
mid-15c., "body of a person" (with regard to appearance), from Old French personage "size, stature," also "a dignitary" (13c.), from Medieval Latin personaticum (11c.), from persona (see person). Meaning "a person of high rank or distinction" is attested from c.1500 in English; as a longer way to say person, the word was in use from 1550s (but often slyly ironical, with suggestion that the subject is overly self-important).