personal

[ pur-suh-nl ]
/ ˈpɜr sə nl /

adjective

noun

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Also called personal ad. a similar notice, as in a newspaper or on a website, placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.
  4. Usually personals. a column, page, or section, as of a newspaper, magazine, or website, featuring such notices or items.

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Origin of personal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word persōnālis. See person, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM personal

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH personal

personal personnel (see usage note at personnel)
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personal
/ (ˈpɜːsənəl) /

adjective

noun

law an item of movable property
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