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personage

[pur-suh-nij]
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noun
  1. a person of distinction or importance.
  2. any person.
  3. a character in a play, story, etc.
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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

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1. See person.
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Related Words

dignitarycelebritytycoonmagnatebeingnotableVIPheavyweightbigwig

Examples from the Web for personage

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Historical Examples

  • Now what other personage is there in Shakespeare who shows these traits or some of them?

  • The Personage on the hearthrug had been listening with profound attention.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Mr. Macgregor, rising, advanced with great respect to this personage.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But Philip had another motive in continuing his acquaintance with that personage.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Until now this personage had escaped the observation of the travelers.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for personage

personage

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

n.

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).

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