personality

noun
per·​son·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē, ˌpər-ˈsna-\
plural personalities

Definition of personality 

1a : the quality or state of being a person

b : personal existence

2a : the condition or fact of relating to a particular person specifically : the condition of referring directly to or being aimed disparagingly or hostilely at an individual

b : an offensively personal remark angrily resorted to personalities

3a : the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group especially : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics

b : a set of distinctive traits and characteristics the energetic personality of the city

4a : distinction or excellence of personal and social traits also : a person having such quality

b : a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety a TV personality

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Choose the Right Synonym for personality

disposition, temperament, temper, character, personality mean the dominant quality or qualities distinguishing a person or group. disposition implies customary moods and attitude toward the life around one. a cheerful disposition temperament implies a pattern of innate characteristics associated with one's specific physical and nervous organization. an artistic temperament temper implies the qualities acquired through experience that determine how a person or group meets difficulties or handles situations. a resilient temper character applies to the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents. strength of character personality applies to an aggregate of qualities that distinguish one as a person. a somber personality

Examples of personality in a Sentence

He has a very pleasant personality. We all have different personalities. The psychiatrist considered behavior as well as personality before prescribing a treatment. He has lots of personality. He wants to buy a car that has personality. She has met many television personalities. He was an influential personality in genetic engineering.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Perhaps the most famous example of how a candidate’s personality and personal relationships can cost him votes was the 1976 election for House majority leader. Matthew Green, Vox, "Election Day is over. Now who will lead Congress?," 12 Nov. 2018 The movie had a troubled production history, with director Bryan Singer fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher a few weeks before the shoot ended, reportedly due to a temperamental personality and chronic absenteeism. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 There are three different collections in the line, each of which has its own personality and aesthetic: Les Fleurs, Palais, and Nairi. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Rifle Paper Co. Just Launched A Dreamy New Line Of Rugs And Pillows," 29 Oct. 2018 While the architects and designers mentioned below may not have actual birthdays that correspond to your zodiac’s dates, their personalities and styles are spot-on matches to each sign’s tropes. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 Camilla was in her early 20s and still maintained her extroverted personality and tomboy image, says Sally Bedell Smith, royal biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbably Life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Camilla Parker Bowles Was Really Like Before She Became a Duchess," 1 Aug. 2018 Thankfully for the reader, the era was rich in personality. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Empress Maria heads juicy Russian cast in historical novel about the Romanovs," 12 July 2018 While at the shelter, staff there noticed his outgoing personality and his intense drive and contacted the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in Santa Paula. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Santee firefighter's dog Victor goes from rescued to rescuer," 5 July 2018 The visual perfectly matches the bright, glimmering tune, as well as CAPPA's inherent glowing personality and distinct style. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "CAPPA Builds the 'Tension' in Latest Video: Exclusive," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'personality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of personality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for personality

Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis

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personality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of personality

: the set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc., that makes a person different from other people

: attractive qualities (such as energy, friendliness, and humor) that make a person interesting or pleasant to be with

: attractive qualities that make something unusual or interesting

personality

noun
per·​son·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē \
plural personalities

Kids Definition of personality

1 : the qualities (as moods or habits) that make one human being different from others She has a cheerful personality.

2 : a human being's pleasing or interesting qualities He doesn't have much personality.

3 : a famous person

personality

noun
per·​son·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌpərs-ᵊn-ˈal-ət-ē, ˌpər-ˈsnal- \
plural personalities

Medical Definition of personality 

1 : the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual especially in relationships with others

2a : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendencies

b : the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits

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personality

noun
per·​son·​al·​i·​ty
plural personalities

Legal Definition of personality 

1 : the quality, state, or fact of being a person the corporation has legal personality

2 : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics a personality disorder

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