- 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 personalsmyself, character, individuality, person, ego, identity, personality, narcissism, personal, egocentrism, psyche, individual, substantive, individualization, apparel, attire, baggage, belongings, clothes, clothing
Examples from the Web for personals
Contemporary Examples of personals
Three magazine reporters, played by Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, and Karan Soni, go to investigate the personals ad for a story.Mark Duplass, Filmmaker and Star of ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ Ready for His Close-Up
June 14, 2012
Historical Examples of personals
He was pointing to a paragraph in the "Personals" column of the New York paper.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Agnes called it the "Agony Column," for the "personals" always headed it.The Corner House Girls at School
Grace Brooks Hill
She had just finished her personals when she heard the whistle of the morning train.Helen in the Editor's Chair
Ruthe S. Wheeler
"Read these personals and I will tell you," was the sobbing reply.Dainty's Cruel Rivals
Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
But Personals, my dear Star, Personals are the things that pay.
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.