character sketch

noun Literature.

a short essay describing a person; literary profile.Compare character(def 17).

Nearby words

  1. character generator,
  2. character level,
  3. character piece,
  4. character recognition,
  5. character set,
  6. character study,
  7. character type,
  8. character witness,
  9. characterful,
  10. characterisation

Origin of character sketch

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for character sketch

  • Translated into French, that might serve as a character-sketch of Anatole France.

  • Bliss's MS. book illustrates what I have said in the preface of the change in the character-sketch.

    Microcosmography|John Earle
  • It may be noticed too, by the way, that great novelists are not always equally successful in the character-sketch.

    Microcosmography|John Earle
  • One of these days I must write a character-sketch of Mrs. Nichol.

    Alone|Norman Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for character sketch

character sketch


a brief description or portrayal of a person's character, qualities, etc
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