- 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.
- 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
Related formschar·ac·ter·less, adjectiveun·char·ac·tered, adjective
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
British Dictionary definitions for character
- reputation, esp a good reputation
- (as modifier)character assassination
Derived Formscharacterful, adjectivecharacterless, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with character
see in character; out of character.