dramatis personae

plural noun
dra·​ma·​tis per·​so·​nae | \ ˌdra-mə-təs-pər-ˈsō-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce dramatis personae (audio) , ˌdrä-, -ˌnī \

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)

Examples of dramatis personae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dramatis personae of the novel are listed at the start, with shorthand descriptions normally reserved for plays. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Speaking of which, Walton even put together a commemorative playlist, the range of which mirrors the amiable mutability of her dramatis personae. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2022 Neither her laugh nor her dramatis personae are merely for entertainment, though. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Lined up in tubs were the dramatis personae: gerbera daisies, alstroemerias, leucadendrons, thistles, bear grass, sweet william. Michael Schulma, The New Yorker, 31 July 2021 The exhibition’s opening room features a wall full of reproduced portraits introducing the dramatis personae in the Nabi artworks, enabling viewers to keep track of who’s in love with whom, and who’s having a bad day. Steven Litt, cleveland, 4 July 2021 In segments written by Tom Abernathy, Natasha serves as host, introducing situations and dramatis personae, and interacting with the audience. New York Times, 31 May 2021 The dramatis personae look in different directions, nursing their own thoughts. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 Zeller is not the first director to jumble his dramatis personae, and to maintain a cool composure in the process. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dramatis personae

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dramatis personae

New Latin

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“Dramatis personae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatis%20personae. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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