per·​son·​age ˈpərs-nij How to pronounce personage (audio)
: a person of rank, note, or distinction
especially : one distinguished for presence and personal power
: a human individual : person
: 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 Known chiefly as a writer of Tartan noir, Mina is also the author of short, punchy novellas on historical personages. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 One player takes the side of the suffragists, the other of their political opponents, playing cards themed around historical events and personages, from property rights to Sojourner Truth, to influence public opinion across the United States. James Palmer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 The age disparity would also highlight how Dae-su’s years of solitary confinement have ravaged and twisted his whole personage. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2023 In one of Harmony’s goofier staging choices, Zien also slaps on a variety of wigs and costumes to play historical personages the Comedian Harmonists encounter along the way, including an Einstein get-up that makes that scientist’s appearance in Oppenheimer seem subtle and restrained. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 Are these mysterious people actors or nightmare personages? Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2023 And the subversiveness of molding a more revered political personage into the sinister force behind Pinochet gives the comic elements a big payoff with an Oedipal kick. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Expect numerous, gratuitous appearances by various personages from previous DC Comics film and TV content — some released and some never made — for no other reason than fan service. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 Throughout this theatrical history lesson, Chappell inhabits not only Eleanor but many of the other personages who were part of hers and Franklin’s lives, including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who brazenly walked around in the buff while visiting the Roosevelts. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of personage was in the 15th century

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“Personage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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per·​son·​age ˈpərs-nij How to pronounce personage (audio)
: an important or famous person
: a character in a book or play

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