- 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 characters
She fills her characters up—strong women beating back against a sexist system—with so much heart.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They want Marvin to be as mean and as lonely and as trashy as the characters he portrays.
Unlike the characters he plays, men who came from nowhere and, as he himself puts it, “go home to nobody.”
Among the characters to be portrayed were the people I had written about—the unsung heroes of the Selma campaign.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The point of these exercises is to make centuries-old texts relatable; their characters understandable.
The characters are all brimful of wholesome human interest with Brenda as a paramount attraction.Napoleon's Young Neighbor|Helen Leah Reed
Intuition is seen at its best where it is directly useful, for example in regard to other people's characters and dispositions.Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays|Bertrand Russell
The agreeable resources of Paris must certainly please and instruct every class of characters.
Pointing to these characters, I asked Higgs if he could read them.Queen Sheba's Ring|H. Rider Haggard
The singer seemed unable to make us visualize the characters he endeavored to portray.Vocal Mastery|Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for characters
- reputation, esp a good reputation
- (as modifier)character assassination
Derived Formscharacterful, adjectivecharacterless, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with characters
see in character; out of character.