persona

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noun per·so·na \pər-ˈsō-nə, -ˌnä\

Definition of persona

plural

personae

play \pər-ˈsō-(ˌ)nē, -ˌnī\ or

personas

  1. 1 :  a character assumed by an author in a written work

  2. 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. 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

  1. His public persona is that of a strong, determined leader, but in private life he's very insecure.

  2. The band takes on a whole new persona when they perform live.

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Origin and Etymology of persona

Latin


PERSONA Defined for English Language Learners

persona

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noun

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


Medical Dictionary

persona

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noun per·so·na \pər-ˈsō-nə, -ˌnä\

Medical Definition of persona

plural

personas

  1. :  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 anima 1



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