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dramatis personae

noun plural dra·ma·tis per·so·nae \ˌdra-mə-təs-pər-ˈsō-(ˌ)nē, ˌdrä-, -ˌnī\

Simple Definition of dramatis personae

  • : the characters or actors in a play, movie, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dramatis personae

  1. 1 :  the characters or actors in a drama

  2. 2 singular in construction :  a list of the characters or actors in a drama

  3. 3 :  people who figure prominently in something (as an event)

Origin and Etymology of dramatis personae

New Latin

First Known Use: 1730

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