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

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 In it, our heroic Time Lord encounters a famous personage from the past—in this case, a notorious pirate queen in 19th-century China named Zheng Yi Sao, aka Madame Ching. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2022 What was the key to cracking Chamberlain as a character and not just a remote historical personage? Brent Lang, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 From there, the extravagance of the fashion only increased, with a shoe length hierarchy emerging—the longer the toe, the more important the personage. Ray Mcclanahan, Outside Online, 29 Apr. 2019 This was constant with nearly every personage introduced by Brownstein. John Tamny, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The statue of what Confederate personage was removed from its place of prominence in Charlottesville, Virginia? Kathy Laskowski,, 18 July 2021 In 2013, the school retired the cheerleading personage, which, since Mr. Luce’s time, had acquired a cartoonish Native American bobblehead. New York Times, 30 June 2021 These include James, as Cumbo; Smith, as Jefferson; and Pittman, as Washington, who are paid to portray a single historic personage. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 May 2021 Flooding the market right now are pins, some as small as fingertips, displaying every personage imaginable — including Dr. Anthony Fauci. Linda Dyett New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of personage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Personage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of personage

: an important or famous person

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