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

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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 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

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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

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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