[ per-soh-nee ]
/ pərˈsoʊ ni /


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[ per-soh-nuh ]
/ pərˈsoʊ nə /

noun, plural per·so·nae [per-soh-nee] /pərˈsoʊ ni/, per·so·nas.

a person.
personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
(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 (contrasted with anima).
a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.

Origin of persona

First recorded in 1905–10, persona is from the Latin word persōna mask, character. See person Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for personae


/ (pɜːˈsəʊnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

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

Word Origin for persona

Latin: mask
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Medicine definitions for personae


[ pər-sōnə ]

n. pl. per•so•nas

The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.

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