- 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.
Origin of personal
Related Words for personalsecret, intimate, special, particular, exclusive, privy, own, peculiar, retired, secluded, claimed
Examples from the Web for personal
Contemporary Examples of personal
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
Michael Steinbrick, a personal trainer with New York Sports Clubs, says he can always spot a newbie.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
January 6, 2015
Marrying another Jew was not just a personal simcha (joy), but one for the community.
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.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of personal
He had no right in his high capacity to indulge a personal affection.
But, speakin' personal, this trail looks more and more interestin' to me.Way of the Lawless
Agony by agony, something is gained, and my personal agony counts with the rest.
I don't like to be personal though, so we'll change the subject.Life in London
Demonstration must be personal before we can make anything our own.
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.