[ pur-suh-nal-i-tee ]
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noun,plural per·son·al·i·ties.
  1. the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.

  2. a person as an embodiment of a collection of qualities: He is a curious personality.

  1. Psychology.

    • the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual.

    • the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.

  2. the quality of being a person; existence as a self-conscious human being; personal identity.

  3. the essential character of a person.

  4. something apprehended as reflective of or analogous to a distinctive human personality, as the atmosphere of a place or thing: This house has a warm personality.

  5. a famous, notable, or prominent person; celebrity.

  6. application or reference to a particular person or particular persons, often in disparagement or hostility.

  7. a disparaging or offensive statement referring to a particular person: The political debate deteriorated into personalities.

Origin of personality

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English personalite, from Middle French, from Late Latin persōnālitās, from Latin persōnāl(is) personal + -itās -ity

synonym study For personality

1. See character.

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British Dictionary definitions for personality


/ (ˌpɜːsəˈnælɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. psychol the sum total of all the behavioural and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognized as being unique

  2. the distinctive character of a person that makes him socially attractive: a salesman needs a lot of personality

  1. a well-known person in a certain field, such as sport or entertainment

  2. a remarkable person: the old fellow is a real personality

  3. the quality of being a unique person

  4. the distinctive atmosphere of a place or situation

  5. (often plural) a personal remark

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Cultural definitions for personality


The pattern of feelings, thoughts, and activities that distinguishes one person from another.

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