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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Examples of personal effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the second time that Treadway has donated personal effects to the historical society, which also houses photos and papers dedicated to his years of activism in LGBTQ circles. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "A real-beard Santa for three decades, Leo Treadway donates the family legacy to the Minnesota Historical Society," 23 Dec. 2019 The library houses Reagan's presidential and California gubernatorial records, as well as the couple's personal effects, including most of Nancy Reagan's dresses dating back to the 1950s and her wedding ring. Ray Sanchez And Stella Chan, CNN, "Wildfire caused $500,000 in damage at Reagan Presidential Library," 19 Nov. 2019 Together, though, the museum’s collection of personal effects, rejection letters and art inspired by his writing attests to a set of steadfast beliefs, which continue to inspire readers. The Economist, "A Kurt Vonnegut museum opens in Indianapolis," 14 Nov. 2019 The more than 200 items displayed at NYPL—in addition to the typescripts, the selection features family photographs, correspondence, a film projector and various personal effects—are on loan from the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Get a Rare Peek Into the Life of Reclusive Writer J.D. Salinger," 22 Oct. 2019 The exhibit celebrating the centennial of Salinger's birth draws from personal effects drawn from the novelist's collection. NBC News, "J.D. Salinger exhibit at New York Public Library offers glimpse into reclusive author," 17 Oct. 2019 The jumble of tools and scrap metal resemble someone’s personal effects, rather than a ritual deposit or hoard. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "3000-year-old toolkit suggests skilled warriors crossed Europe to fight an epic battle," 15 Oct. 2019 Passing through displays of Bernstein’s personal effects and engaging directly with his output, visitors come away from the exhibition with a sense of the uncommonly deep role music played in Bernstein’s life. Zachary Lewis,, "’Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music’ is a broad but intimate portrait of a master," 19 Sep. 2019 Davis's personal effects still dot his desk, his art still lines the walls, his books—mostly covering football and the Brooklyn Dodgers—still occupy the shelves. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of personal effects

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Personal effects.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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