per·​son·​age | \ˈpərs-nij, 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

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And interested personages were invited to help the good guys. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "All the dumb things? UFO project has $37 million deficit [Updated]," 15 Oct. 2018 When Will and Phoebe’s relationship begins to falter, there’s another project waiting in the wings in the personage of The Incendiaries’ enigmatic third main character, John Leal. Constance Grady, Vox, "In R.O. Kwon’s terrific new novel The Incendiaries, a cultist looks for meaning in tragedy," 3 Aug. 2018 Standing atop it is the flinty personage of John Dutton (Kevin Costner, in ornery-cuss mode), the owner of Yellowstone Ranch, an expanse of grass, hills and testosterone the size of Rhode Island. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 The entire royal family was here, along with a complement of English aristocrats and important personages. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "‘Stand by Me’: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Married," 20 May 2018 The most compelling is perhaps the simplest, showing an overdressed royal personage indolently reclining on a velvet couch in a palatial chamber. Christopher Knight,, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 Kate and William’s wedding was solemn, stately, stuffy, full of dignitaries, politicians, and the sort of boring personages known here as the great and the good. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "‘Stand by Me’: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Married," 20 May 2018 This hasn’t stopped various entertainment-industry personages and social-media users from trying to guess the identity of Hollywood’s most hungry. James Freeman, WSJ, "Once Bitten, Beyoncé Turns the Other Cheek," 28 Mar. 2018 Even with two full hours, Wednesday's kickoff was not without its anonymous personages. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Survivor: Ghost Island' Premiere Asks 'Can You Reverse the Curse?'," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of personage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of personage

: an important or famous person


per·​son·​age | \ˈpər-sə-nij \

Kids Definition of personage

: an important or famous person

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