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 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 The famous personages — Robert McNamara, Wilbur Mills, George Wallace, Coretta Scott King — rush in and out with word of troop movements or words of defiance or caution. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on," 2 Oct. 2019 The latest round brings back Alabama native Mike Brown, the astronomer whose work led to Pluto losing its planet status in the first place, and no less a personage than NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama-born ‘Pluto killer’ back in battle over planet’s ‘demotion’," 2 Sep. 2019 The Cutlers are but two of the personages McCullough brings out of the shadows of history in his narrative. John Daniel Davidson, National Review, "Founders of the Frontier: David McCullough Discovers Ohio’s Puritan Pioneers," 11 July 2019 Donatella Versace is revered as a gay icon, as a feminist icon, as a personage whose image can so easily conjured that only her first name is necessary for her to spring to the mind’s eye in all her blonde glory. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 This week: Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage — past or present, real or fictional — and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both, as in the examples above. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1340: Not-ables — slightly change a famous name," 11 July 2019 Well, the year started with no less a personage than Queen Elizabeth II sitting front row at Richard Quinn in London, giving the fashion set a rareroyal sighting. Vogue, "Vogue Editors on Their Favorite Runway Cameos of the Year," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of personage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Dec 2019

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“Personage.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce personage (audio)

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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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