Simple Definition of persona
: the way you behave, talk, etc., with other people that causes them to see you as a particular kind of person : the image or personality that a person presents to other people
Full Definition of personaplural
personaeplay \-(ˌ)nē, -ˌnī\ or
1 : a character assumed by an author in a written work
2 a plural personas [New Latin, from Latin] : an individual's social facade or front that especially in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing — compare anima b : the personality that a person (as an actor or politician) projects in public : image
3 plural personae : a character in a fictional presentation (as a novel or play) —usually used in plural <comic personae>
Examples of persona in a sentence
His public persona is that of a strong, determined leader, but in private life he's very insecure.
The band takes on a whole new persona when they perform live.
Origin and Etymology of persona
First Known Use: 1909
Rhymes with persona
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