[dram-uh-tis per-soh-nee, drah-muh-]
- (used with a plural verb) the characters in a play.
- (used with a singular verb) a list of the characters preceding the text of a play.
Origin of dramatis personae
1720–30; < Latin: characters of the play
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- the characters or a list of characters in a play or story
- the main personalities in any situation or event
C18: from New Latin
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Word Origin and History for dramatis personae
Latin for "persons of a drama."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[(dram-uh-tis puhr-soh-nee, drah-muh-tis puhr-soh-neye)]
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