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non·​char·​ac·​ter ˌnän-ˈker-ik-tər How to pronounce noncharacter (audio)
: a person or thing that is not a character
distinguishing characters from noncharacters in scanned text
: a character in a dramatic or literary work who is not important or interesting
She's onstage the rest of the time as the ship's communications officer, one of the background noncharacters.Sam Hurwitt


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: not of, relating to, being, or involving a character or characters
a noncharacter narrator
noncharacter animation
also : not associated with a character (as from a movie) for product promotion
noncharacter toys/branding

Word History

First Known Use


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncharacter was in 1903

Dictionary Entries Near noncharacter

Cite this Entry

“Noncharacter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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