Definition of dramatis personae
1 : the characters or actors in a drama
2 singular in construction : a list of the characters or actors in a drama
3 : people who figure prominently in something (such as an event)
Origin and Etymology of dramatis personae
First Known Use: 1730
DRAMATIS PERSONAE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dramatis personae for English Language Learners
: the characters or actors in a play, movie, etc.
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