persona

noun

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
1
: a character assumed by an author in a written work
2
a
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 Her healthy sense of kitsch has always been a part of her persona—her performance looks only underscoring that. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 6 July 2024 For someone whose bewildering on-stage persona stands so far apart, there can be no other answer. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 5 July 2024 Whether professionally or in terms of your public persona, this prompts unexpected shifts and disruptions, specifically when pertaining to your sense of authority. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 3 July 2024 Her standout style was a key part of her rap persona. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for persona 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of persona was in 1732

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“Persona.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persona. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

persona

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