personal effects

plural noun

Definition of personal effects

: privately owned items (such as clothing and jewelry) normally worn or carried on the person

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Recent Examples on the Web Their personal effects were stored away by the time phones started buzzing with word of cancellations elsewhere. USA Today, "© Copyright Gannett 2021," 11 Mar. 2021 That included three Bloomfield Township houses, several bank accounts and a song publishing company, along with Franklin’s furs, jewelry and other personal effects. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Draft of fourth Aretha Franklin will emerges, two years after handwritten wills discovered," 9 Mar. 2021 There are a bunch of streamers that have many more personal effects in their stream spaces, but still keep a cohesive aesthetic. Jasmine Heyward, Wired, "4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers," 18 Feb. 2021 The Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which began an investigation last Monday, didn’t say if personal effects, clothing or other items were found with the skeleton. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Army sergeant shot multiple times found in stalled car on San Antonio highway, dies at hospital," 2 Jan. 2021 Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of political turmoil and violence in the Americas. Jordan Salama, History & Culture, "Queens, one of the first COVID-19 epicenters, faces a new crisis: hunger," 1 Dec. 2020 His new laptop had been stolen, along with an Apple Watch and other personal effects. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Chef Justin Sutherland's knives were stolen from his car; a St. Paul girl found them," 18 Sep. 2020 Several of their personal effects are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Unsolved Murder of Civil Rights Activist Harry Moore," 26 Feb. 2020 Julien's Auctions will be holding a charity relief auction next week to benefit the music industry, and Bun B and Willie Nelson's personal effects will be part of it. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "Charity auction will feature items from Bun B and Willie Nelson," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of personal effects

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal effects was in 1818

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14 Mar 2021

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“Personal effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal%20effects. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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