[ pur-suh-nij ]
/ ˈpɜr sə nɪdʒ /


a person of distinction or importance.
any person.
a character in a play, story, etc.

Nearby words

  1. persona,
  2. persona grata,
  3. persona non grata,
  4. personable,
  5. personae,
  6. personal,
  7. personal care,
  8. personal column,
  9. personal computer,
  10. personal day

Origin of personage

1425–75; late Middle English: body or image (statue, portrait) of a person (< Old French) < Medieval Latin persōnāgium. See person, -age

Related formsnon·per·son·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for personage


/ (ˈpɜːsənɪdʒ) /


an important or distinguished person
another word for person (def. 1) a strange personage
rare a figure in literature, history, etc
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Word Origin and History for personage



mid-15c., "body of a person" (with regard to appearance), from Old French personage "size, stature," also "a dignitary" (13c.), from Medieval Latin personaticum (11c.), from persona (see person). Meaning "a person of high rank or distinction" is attested from c.1500 in English; as a longer way to say person, the word was in use from 1550s (but often slyly ironical, with suggestion that the subject is overly self-important).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper