- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For the second time he read over a brief paragraph among the "Personals:"The Unseen Bridgegroom|May Agnes Fleming
Agnes called it the "Agony Column," for the "personals" always headed it.The Corner House Girls at School|Grace Brooks Hill
But Personals, my dear Star, Personals are the things that pay.
It will be observed that in the last line the song drops out of the first and the second personals into the third.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St Luke|Henry Burton
The rogues will try to impose upon you again; but do not pay any attention to notes or personals in the papers.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for personals
Word Origin and History for personals
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.