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noun per·son·al·i·ty \ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē, ˌpər-ˈsna-\

Simple Definition of personality

  • : the set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc., that makes a person different from other people

  • : attractive qualities (such as energy, friendliness, and humor) that make a person interesting or pleasant to be with

  • : attractive qualities that make something unusual or interesting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of personality



  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being a person b :  personal existence

  2. 2 a :  the condition or fact of relating to a particular person; specifically :  the condition of referring directly to or being aimed disparagingly or hostilely at an individual b :  an offensively personal remark <angrily resorted to personalities>

  3. 3 a :  the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially :  the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics b :  a set of distinctive traits and characteristics <the energetic personality of the city>

  4. 4 a :  distinction or excellence of personal and social traits; also :  a person having such quality b :  a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety <a TV personality>

Examples of personality in a sentence

  1. He has a very pleasant personality.

  2. We all have different personalities.

  3. The psychiatrist considered behavior as well as personality before prescribing a treatment.

  4. He has lots of personality.

  5. He wants to buy a car that has personality.

  6. She has met many television personalities.

  7. He was an influential personality in genetic engineering.

Origin and Etymology of personality

Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of personality

disposition, temperament, temper, character, personality mean the dominant quality or qualities distinguishing a person or group. disposition implies customary moods and attitude toward the life around one <a cheerful disposition>. temperament implies a pattern of innate characteristics associated with one's specific physical and nervous organization <an artistic temperament>. temper implies the qualities acquired through experience that determine how a person or group meets difficulties or handles situations <a resilient temper>. character applies to the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents <strength of character>. personality applies to an aggregate of qualities that distinguish one as a person <a somber personality>.

PERSONALITY Defined for Kids


noun per·son·al·i·ty \ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Definition of personality for Students



  1. 1 :  the qualities (as moods or habits) that make one human being different from others <She has a cheerful personality.>

  2. 2 :  a human being's pleasing or interesting qualities <He doesn't have much personality.>

  3. 3 :  a famous person

Medical Dictionary


noun per·son·al·i·ty \ˌpərs-ən-ˈal-ət-ē, ˌpər-ˈsnal-\

Medical Definition of personality



  1. 1:  the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual especially in relationships with others

  2. 2a:  the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendenciesb:  the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits

Law Dictionary


noun per·son·al·i·ty

Legal Definition of personality



  1. 1 :  the quality, state, or fact of being a person <the corporation has legal personality>

  2. 2 :  the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics <a personality disorder>

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