per·​so·​na | \ pər-ˈsō-nə How to pronounce persona (audio) , -ˌnä \
plural personae\ pər-​ˈsō-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce persona (audio) , -​ˌnī \ or personas

Definition of persona

1 : a character assumed by an author in a written work
2a plural personas [New Latin, from Latin] : an individual's social facade or front that especially in the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing — compare anima
b : the personality that a person (such as an actor or politician) projects in public : image
3 plural personae : a character in a fictional presentation (such 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Or to be fronted by Sebastian Bach, a singer with larger-than-life pipes and persona. Matt Wake |, al, 3 May 2022 Statistical analysis of the results determined that each persona was served targeted ads elsewhere on the web, leading to the conclusion that smart speaker interactions are used for ad targeting on the web and in audio ads. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 Stewart’s likeable persona runs deep, Davidson pointed out. Adrienne Wichard-edds, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 Often not immediately clear or easy to identify, a brand's persona is at the heart of everything else. Yec, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 With so many people being so familiar with his mannerisms and persona taking on this role could be a challenge. Veronica Wells, Essence, 18 Apr. 2022 Curating an internet persona is one of the reasons people buy NFT art. Kamayani Sharma, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 But Michalek justified the cost within her low budget ethos by considering parts of Janine’s persona outside of her salary. Selome Hailu, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 If Beverley’s persona added something the Timberwolves lacked, one of his strengths has accentuated one of the team’s own. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of persona

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Persona.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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per·​so·​na | \ pər-ˈsō-nə, -ˌnä How to pronounce persona (audio) \
plural personas

Medical Definition of persona

: an individual's social facade or front that especially in the analytical psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing — compare anima sense 1


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