- a short news paragraph in a newspaper concerning a particular person, as one who is socially prominent, or a group of particular persons who are socially prominent.
- a brief, private notice in a newspaper or magazine, often addressed to a particular person, and typically bearing an abbreviated salutation and signature to preserve its confidentiality, usually printed in a special part of the classified advertising section.
- Also called personal ad. a similar notice, as in a newspaper or on a website, placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.
- Usually personals. a column, page, or section, as of a newspaper, magazine, or website, featuring such notices or items.
- persona grata,
- persona non grata,
- personal care,
- personal column,
- personal computer,
- personal day,
- personal digital assistant
Origin of personal
Examples from the Web for personal
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”
Michael Steinbrick, a personal trainer with New York Sports Clubs, says he can always spot a newbie.
It was hard not to take it as a sign, a personal comment on my own Jewish dating failings.
“Personal hotspots can get speeds of up to 60 Mb/s down, whereas hotel Wi-Fi can be as slow as 1.5 Mb/s,” Sesar said.
“Personal hotspots are just that, personal,” Sesar continued.
By her own personal strength her twelve children were brought forth, and her own sensitive fibres and tissues felt the suffering.What a Young Husband Ought to Know|Sylvanus Stall
She had had no personal description of Mrs. Hurtle, but had expected something very different from this!The Way We Live Now|Anthony Trollope
He is nearly two years older than Frank, and about as opposite to him in personal appearance as can well be imagined.Frank's Campaign|Horatio Alger, Jr.
He had been several times on the very point of making a personal attempt to repair his failing fortunes beyond the Channel.Owen Glyndwr and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence|Arthur Granville Bradley
The personal pride of the owner, curbed in its turn by the pride of tradition and family, spoke strangely from these words.Lady Rose's Daughter|Mrs. Humphry Ward
late 14c., "pertaining to the self," from Old French personal (12c., Modern French personnel), from Late Latin personalis "pertaining to a person," from Latin persona (see person). Meaning "aimed at some particular person" (usually in a hostile manner) first attested 1610s. The noun sense of "newspaper item about private matters" is attested from 1888. As "a classified ad addressed to an individual," it is recorded from 1861. Personal computer is from 1976.