adjective per·son·al \ˈpərs-nəl, ˈpər-sə-nəl\

: belonging or relating to a particular person

: made or designed to be used by one person

—used to describe someone whose job involves working for or helping a particular person

Full Definition of PERSONAL

:  of, relating to, or affecting a particular person :  private, individual <personal ambition> <personal financial gain>
a :  done in person without the intervention of another; also :  proceeding from a single person
b :  carried on between individuals directly <a personal interview>
:  relating to the person or body
:  relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner <a personal insult>
a :  being rational and self-conscious <personal, responsive government is still possible — John Fischer>
b :  having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction <a personal devil>
:  of, relating to, or constituting personal property <a personal estate>
:  denoting grammatical person
:  intended for private use or use by one person <a personal stereo>

Examples of PERSONAL

  1. This is just my personal opinion.
  2. I can only tell you what I know from personal experience.
  3. He added his own personal touches to the recipe.
  4. We don't accept personal checks.
  5. He is a personal friend of mine.
  6. She is always concerned about her personal appearance.
  7. We provide each of our customers with personal service.
  8. Golf is a personal interest of mine.
  9. May I ask you a personal question?
  10. That information is very personal, and you have no business asking about it.

Origin of PERSONAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French personel, from Late Latin personalis, from Latin persona
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of PERSONAL

:  a short newspaper paragraph relating to the activities of a person or a group or to personal matters
:  a short personal communication in a special column of the classified ads section of a newspaper or periodical

First Known Use of PERSONAL

PERSONAL Defined for Kids


adjective per·son·al \ˈpər-sə-nəl\

Definition of PERSONAL for Kids

:  of, relating to, or belonging to an individual human being :  not public :  not general <personal property>
:  made or done by a particular individual and not by someone acting for him or her <The mayor made a personal appearance.>
:  of the body <Take precautions for personal safety.>
:  relating to someone's private matters <May I ask you a personal question?>
:  intended for or given to one particular individual <I received personal service.>
:  relating to a particular individual or his or her qualities often in a way that is hurtful <I took the remark as a personal insult.>
per·son·al·ly adverb
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