Definition of persona
personaeplay \pər-ˈsō-(ˌ)nē, -ˌnī\ or
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 analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing — compare animab : 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 of persona from the Web
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A very different kind of '70s from her Bad Liar personas, more Ali MacGraw than Farrah Fawcett.
Mr Cai, however, projects a more independent-minded persona.
Offstage, the members of Salt-N-Pepa have a different persona.
Like many classic pairings, Gorden-Levitt and Tatum are a yin and yang of modern-day movie stardom — with Gordon-Levitt’s small frame and hipster persona contrasting with Tatum’s specific brand of Magic Mike beefcake.
Kentucky went red in the last election, making Harnsberger’s persona a heel to many local fans.
The new exhibit at the New York Historical Society Museum shows Kennedy's public persona as well as private moments.
Bobby Drake is a 30-something struggling to deal with the responsibilities of being Iceman, an integral part of the X-Men, while also trying to live outside of that persona and have a personal life.
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Origin and Etymology of persona
First Known Use: 1732See Words from the same year
PERSONA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of persona for English Language Learners
: 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
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