View synonyms for persona


[ per-soh-nuh ]


, plural per·so·nae [per-, soh, -nee], per·so·nas.
  1. a person.
  2. personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
  3. the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
  4. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality ( anima ).
  5. a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.


/ pɜːˈsəʊnə /


  1. often plural a character in a play, novel, etc
  2. an assumed identity or character
  3. (in Jungian psychology) the mechanism that conceals a person's true thoughts and feelings, esp in his adaptation to the outside world

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of persona1

First recorded in 1905–10, persona is from the Latin word persōna mask, character. See person

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of persona1

Latin: mask

Discover More

Example Sentences

The NBA of the 1990s was dominated by Michael Jordan and his adamantly apolitical persona.

For some, it’s worth the risk, and for others the opportunity aligns with the online persona they’ve created for themselves.

From Fortune

If you were to tell me that your persona as an influencer is fake, then I’d believe you—but that doesn’t mean that it’s inherently fake, not at all.

That’s why defining user personas is so important for successful customer journey mapping.

Start with defining the user persona for the map you’re drawing.

Christie may have his faults, but he oozes the everyman persona.

“You ask me my motivation,” Marvin says, moving back into his tough guy persona again.

But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.

You have a pretty sexy online persona, what with the constant bikinis.

Indeed, in as much as clothes define us, Hurley had the strange distinction of having her persona defined by a dress.

To make my position more intolerable, I am persona non grata with both sides.

Our witness, in any case, would not be a persona grata to the Society for Psychical Research.

Burleigh was evidently persona non grata in the eyes of both.

I may have been persona non grata, but, if so, she did not express her feeling.

Seeing that I would henceforth be persona non grata at the palace, I sought obscurity in the writing and publication of books.


Related Words

Discover More

More About Persona

What does persona mean?

A persona is the image or personality that a person presents in public or in a specific setting—as opposed to their true self.

The word is especially used in the phrase public persona, referring to the personality that a person presents in public and that they are known for by most people. The term is usually used in reference to public figures, such as politicians and celebrities, to contrast with “what they’re really like.”

For example, someone’s public persona might be outgoing and social, while their true personality is shy and reserved. Of course, it’s also possible that someone’s public persona matches their true personality.

In psychology, the word persona refers to the identity that a person takes on to adapt to the outside world or to a certain situation—their “mask” or facade.

In literature, persona refers to a character in a story, especially the narrator.

Much less commonly, persona can simply refer to a person. The Latin term persona appears in the phrase persona non grata, referring to a person who is not welcome.

The correct plural of persona can be personas or personae. (The plural ending -ae is used in other formal plurals of Latin-derived words, such as antennae—the plural of antenna.)

Example: In public, Ahmad’s persona is that of a confident leader, but in private he’s timid and kind of insecure.

Where does persona come from?

The first records of the word persona in English come from the 1700s. The first records of its use to refer to a person’s public image come from the early 1900s. It’s derived from the Latin persōna, meaning “mask.”

In psychology, the concept of the persona was developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to refer to the “mask” that’s used to hide the true nature of a person (called the anima). This mask gets put on when different situations call for the personality that suits them.

Personas aren’t only associated with celebrities. Regular people use different personas all the time. For example, a person’s persona when they’re in a job interview will be different from the one when they’re in the workplace, which is different from the one they display when they’re out with their friends.

In literature, the word persona often refers to the narrator of the book, which is often associated with the author of the work. In this sense, it’s the voice that the author uses to tell the story.

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms related to persona?

  • personas (plural)
  • personae (plural)

What are some synonyms for persona?

What are some words that share a root or word element with persona

What are some words that often get used in discussing persona?

How is persona used in real life?

The word persona is commonly used to discuss the way public figures portray themselves to the world.



Try using persona!

Which of the following terms is an antonym (opposite) of persona?

A. true self
B. inner personality
C. anima
D. all of the above

Word of the Day


[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.