personal effects

plural noun

Definition of personal effects

: 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 Her family sits outside the house, while other mothers and fathers hurry inside to seize her personal effects and to hunt out all photographs with her image. Suzanne Berne, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 Throughout the day, personal effects — coolers, refrigerators, tires — filled the river. Amy Beth Hanson And, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 Prisoners were ordered to sort through the clothes and personal effects of soldiers who had been killed on the battlefield. Nathan Solis, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2022 Prisoners were ordered to sort through the clothes and personal effects of soldiers who had been killed on the battlefield. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 The influential rapper who died in 1996 is remembered in this exhibition featuring sound installations, poetry, personal effects and more; through July 4. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 That includes personal effects, like pictures, photo albums, clothes — even weapons and ammunition. Michael Schroeder, The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 2022 Makov; his wife; his mother; Tatiana Borzunova, the graphic designer of the pavilion’s catalog; her mother; and a cat all piled into his car, with only a few personal effects, choices dictated by the madness of the moment. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Prisoners were ordered to sort through the clothes and personal effects of soldiers who had been killed on the battlefield. Nathan Solis, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of personal effects

1818, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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“Personal effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal%20effects. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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