personal effects

plural noun

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

Examples of personal effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But personal effects were not the magnet that drew members of families to the edge of the once-beautiful residential district. Jerome Hansen, Jack Schermerhorn, Ralph Nelson and Ken McCormick, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 Monroe had left her personal effects and the bulk of her intellectual property to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 And what to do with the fact that Freda B. herself had no choice in the decision to photograph her suitcase, to have her personal effects displayed for everyone to see? Seyward Darby, Longreads, 13 Mar. 2024 Giacalone has questioned the integrity of the crime scene during the early stages of the investigation, the eventual release of the scene and personal effects inside the home, and the destruction of the building. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 4 Mar. 2024 The play follows siblings who return to their late father’s home to settle his affairs and discover a disturbing item among his personal effects, which leads to an outpouring of family tension and differing views on how to handle it. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 The Nebraska lab where Brown works has 80 tables, each full of remains and personal effects that can work to solve the mystery. CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 The Nebraska lab that Brown works at has 80 tables, each full of remains and personal effects that can work to solve the mystery. CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 These days, finding the fallen has become more difficult, requiring the team to use metal detectors to uncover munitions or personal effects. Valerie Hopkins Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of personal effects was in 1818

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“Personal effects.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

personal effects

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