per·​son·​age | \ ˈpərs-nij How to pronounce personage (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nij \

Definition of personage

1 : a person of rank, note, or distinction especially : one distinguished for presence and personal power
2 : a human individual : person
3 : a dramatic, fictional, or historical character also : impersonation

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Examples of personage in a Sentence

The premiere was attended by no less a personage than the president himself. these sci-fi conventions attract personages of every description
Recent Examples on the Web Match each biblical personage with his or her appropriate theme song. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can you Name That Tune for each Bible character?," 28 Nov. 2020 But Trebek stands apart — a beloved figure, a historical personage. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: The irreplaceable Alex Trebek made ‘Jeopardy!’ a sane place in a mad world," 8 Nov. 2020 There, the spirit of de Winter's dead first wife looms everywhere, none more so than in the personage of Mrs. Danvers (a regal, menacing Thomas). Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: Did we need another 'Rebecca'? No, no we didn't.," 21 Oct. 2020 The collective expression of love — on Valentine’s Day, no less — is as close as the region’s theater companies come to a recognition ceremony akin to Broadway’s dimming of marquees after the death of some stage personage of note. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Here’s to Washington’s Victor Shargai: A fan, a catalyst, a mensch of the theater," 12 Feb. 2020 Walker and Gwen Grastorf do a decent job channeling all the other personages, including innkeepers and traveling lingerie salesmen. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills," 18 Feb. 2020 Week 1340: Slightly change a famous name and describe the resulting personage. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1363: Another mulligan stew," 19 Dec. 2019 And various personages emerge who find lasting places in legend and lore. al, "The story of us: Alabama history 10,000 BC to now," 28 Nov. 2019 By virtue of this mission, they were considered sacred personages, entitled to the protection of their hosts. David Banks, The Conversation, "Why doesn’t the US just send Anne Sacoolas back to the UK? Here’s what’s at stake in this dispute over diplomatic immunity," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of personage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Personage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of personage

formal : an important or famous person


per·​son·​age | \ ˈpər-sə-nij How to pronounce personage (audio) \

Kids Definition of personage

: an important or famous person

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