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noun, plural per·son·al·ties. Law.
  1. personal estate or property.
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Origin of personalty

1600–10; < Anglo-French personalte < Late Latin persōnālitās personality
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Historical Examples of personalty

  • Everything left to her, both land and personalty, everything!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Personalty, I'd have picked some ultra-violet paint—if any were handy as that would reflect the rays.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • It is interpreted so as to give, in many cases, more to the eldest son than the real estate and his share of the personalty.

  • Real property was to be placed on the same footing as personalty, and chargeable no longer on life interest, but on capital value.

    Lord Randolph Churchill

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • His mansion, realty and personalty includes what they have jointly earned as well as that of which he was possessed at marriage.

British Dictionary definitions for personalty


noun plural -ties
  1. law another word for personal property
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Word Origin for personalty

C16: from Anglo-French, from Late Latin persōnālitās personality
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Word Origin and History for personalty


legal term, late 15c., from Anglo-French personaltie, corresponding to Middle French personalite, from Medieval Latin personalitas (see personality).

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