- 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.
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A hilarious Craigslist personals posting in the "men seeking women" section may shed some light on this.Rapper Jay Z’s Hyphen Looks For Love in Hilarious Craigslist Personals Ad|Marlow Stern|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
You know those personals that ask you to complete the sentence “blank is sexy, but blank is sexier”?
So far as relates to the personals, this will would be valid, though not signed by the testator, supposing no other will to exist.Miles Wallingford|James Fenimore Cooper
I often look over the "Personals," for I know well the connection between fortune and the Press.
Wednesday was their big day and Helen worked hard all morning writing her personals.
Wonder how Dad will like our new editorial head and the three column box head I set for your personals?
A few moments later he found himself reading over and over a small notice inserted among the personals.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart