persona

noun
per·​so·​na | \ pər-ˈsō-nə How to pronounce persona (audio) , -ˌnä \
plural personae\ pər-​ˈsō-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce personae (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 analytic psychology of C. G. 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 pluralcomic 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 Imus' unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Arkansas Online, "Former radio host Don Imus dies at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus’ unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. David Bauder, Twin Cities, "DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 27 Dec. 2019 Over the decades, Turner’s on-air persona has drifted toward minimalism. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Tuning in for a Sunday morning Beatles fix," 27 Dec. 2019 Brown and his huge public persona have stepped into the most private organization in the NFL (the Patriots). Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Antonio Brown admonished the haters in a live video from Tom Brady's fitness center," 12 Sep. 2019 Nancy Perot said there was a private, tender side to her father that was often eclipsed by his bolder-than-life public persona. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Beck teams up with other employees who were belittled or dismissed by Stark to create the fake persona of superhero Mysterio. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "How Iron Man's Legacy — and BARF Technology — Plays a Major Role in Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 The conspirators created fictitious online personas, including D.C. Leaks and Guccifer 2.0. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Rod Rosenstein announces Russian indictments: “Blame for election interference belongs to the criminals”," 13 July 2018 The question now is whether the distance from Buckingham Palace will further embolden her public persona. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The Potential Upside of Meghan Markle’s Self-Imposed Exile," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of persona

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persona

Latin

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The first known use of persona was in 1732

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26 Jan 2020

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“Persona.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personae. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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persona

noun
How to pronounce persona (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of persona

: 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

persona

noun
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 analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing — compare anima sense 1

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