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

: 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

plural per·son·al·i·ties

Full Definition of PERSONALITY

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


  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.


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>.

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
PERSONALITY Defined for Kids


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

Definition of PERSONALITY for Kids

:  the qualities (as moods or habits) that make one human being different from others <She has a cheerful personality.>
:  a human being's pleasing or interesting qualities <He doesn't have much personality.>
:  a famous person
Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of PERSONALITY

:  the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual especially in relationships with others
a :  the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendencies b :  the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits
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