of, relating to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private: a personal opinion.
relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one's personal life; a letter marked “Personal.”
intended for use by one person: a personal car.
referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.: personal remarks.
making personal remarks or attacks: to become personal in a dispute.
done, carried out, held, etc., in person: a personal interview.
pertaining to or characteristic of a person or self-conscious being: That is my personal belief.
of the nature of an individual rational being.
pertaining to the body, clothing, or appearance: personal cleanliness.
provided for one's discretionary use: Employees are allowed 15 vacation days and two personal days.
Law. of or relating to personal property: personal interests.
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.
- per·son·al·ness, noun
- hy·per·per·son·al, adjective
- hy·per·per·son·al·ly, adverb
- mul·ti·per·son·al, adjective
- non·per·son·al, adjective
- non·per·son·al·ly, adverb
- qua·si-per·son·al, adjective
- qua·si-per·son·al·ly, adverb
- su·per·per·son·al, adjective
- su·per·per·son·al·ly, adverb
- un·per·son·al, adjective
- un·per·son·al·ly, adverb
- personal , personnel
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How to use personal in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 9, May 28, 1870 | Various
Wednesday was their big day and Helen worked hard all morning writing her personals.Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
Wonder how Dad will like our new editorial head and the three column box head I set for your personals?Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
A few moments later he found himself reading over and over a small notice inserted among the personals.The Breaking Point | Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for personal
of or relating to the private aspects of a person's life: personal letters; a personal question
(prenominal) of or relating to a person's body, its care, or its appearance: personal hygiene; great personal beauty
belonging to or intended for a particular person and no-one else: as a personal favour; for your personal use
(prenominal) undertaken by an individual himself: a personal appearance by a celebrity
referring to, concerning, or involving a person's individual personality, intimate affairs, etc, esp in an offensive way: personal remarks; don't be so personal
having the attributes of an individual conscious being: a personal God
of or arising from the personality: personal magnetism
of, relating to, or denoting grammatical person
law of or relating to movable property, such as money: Compare real 1 (def. 8)
law an item of movable property
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