Definition of personal
2a : done in person without the intervention of another; also : proceeding from a single personb : carried on between individuals directly <a personal interview>
3 : relating to the person or body
4 : relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner <a personal insult>
5a : being rational and self-conscious <personal, responsive government is still possible — John Fischer>b : having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction <a personal devil>
6 : of, relating to, or constituting personal property <a personal estate>
7 : denoting grammatical person
8 : intended for private use or use by one person <a personal stereo>
Examples of personal in a sentence
This is just my personal opinion.
I can only tell you what I know from personal experience.
He added his own personal touches to the recipe.
We don't accept personal checks.
He is a personal friend of mine.
She is always concerned about her personal appearance.
We provide each of our customers with personal service.
Golf is a personal interest of mine.
May I ask you a personal question?
That information is very personal, and you have no business asking about it.
Origin and Etymology of personal
Middle English, from Anglo-French personel, from Late Latin personalis, from Latin persona
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of personal
PERSONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of personal for English Language Learners
: belonging or relating to a particular person
: made or designed to be used by one person
—used to describe someone whose job involves working for or helping a particular person
PERSONAL Defined for Kids
Definition of personal for Students
1 : of, relating to, or belonging to an individual human being : not public : not general <personal property>
2 : made or done by a particular individual and not by someone acting for him or her <The mayor made a personal appearance.>
3 : of the body <Take precautions for personal safety.>
4 : relating to someone's private matters <May I ask you a personal question?>
5 : intended for or given to one particular individual <I received personal service.>
6 : relating to a particular individual or his or her qualities often in a way that is hurtful <I took the remark as a personal insult.>
Legal Definition of personal
1 : of, relating to, or affecting a person: as a : of, relating to, or based on the existence or presence of a person — see also personal injury, personal jurisdiction at jurisdiction b : of, relating to, or restricted to a natural person and his or her rights, obligations, affairs, assets, or lifetime <refused to disclose personal information> <released on personal recognizance>
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