- any symbol, as a number, letter, punctuation mark, etc., that represents data and that, when encoded, is usable by a machine.
- one of a set of basic symbols that singly or in a series of two or more represents data and, when encoded, is usable in a computer.
- (of a part or role) representing a personality type, especially by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.
- (of an actor or actress) acting or specializing in such roles.
verb (used with object) Archaic.
- character actor,
- character armour,
- character assassination,
- character code,
- character dance
- in harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Such behavior is not in character for him.
- in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance: an actor in character.
- out of harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Her remarks were out of character.
- away from the role or personality assumed in a performance: The actor stepped out of character.
Origin of character
Examples from the Web for character
Taraji manages to bring an equal measure of truth to the mother in her character.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”
Even though my character got killed in that first episode it was a pretty shootout scene.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As many West Wing fans have pointed out, the character of Leo McGarry died after Sorkin had already left the series.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dumouriez had brains and character, Kellermann character and stolid imperturbability.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is to be reckoned, not in terms of knowledge and organization, but of character.Progress and History|Various
He was a man of great strength of character, and of marvellous perseverance in all that he undertook.Edward Hoare, M.A.|Edward Hoare
A revolution of this same Chinese character did young Oxford of that era effect in the constitution of mail-coach society.
How Ishtar came to take on so violent a character is not altogether clear.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
- reputation, esp a good reputation
- (as modifier)character assassination
Word Origin for character
mid-14c., carecter, "symbol marked or branded on the body;" mid-15c., "symbol or drawing used in sorcery," from Old French caratere "feature, character" (13c., Modern French caractère), from Latin character, from Greek kharakter "engraved mark," also "symbol or imprint on the soul," also "instrument for marking," from kharassein "to engrave," from kharax "pointed stake," from PIE root *gher- "to scrape, scratch." Meaning extended in ancient times by metaphor to "a defining quality."
You remember Eponina, who kept her husband alive in an underground cavern so devotedly and heroically? The force of character she showed in keeping up his spirits would have been used to hide a lover from her husband if they had been living quietly in Rome. Strong characters need strong nourishment. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]
Meaning "sum of qualities that define a person" is from 1640s. Sense of "person in a play or novel" is first attested 1660s, in reference to the "defining qualities" he or she is given by the author. Meaning "a person" in the abstract is from 1749; especially "eccentric person" (1773). Colloquial sense of "chap, fellow" is from 1931. The Latin ch- spelling was restored from 1500s. Character actor attested from 1861; character assassination from 1888; character-building (n.) from 1886.
see in character; out of character.