personality

noun
per·​son·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce personality (audio) , 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

Much like their opposites-attract on-screen characters, Reinhart and Sprouse have found a way to complement each other while keeping the personalities that made audiences fall in love with them in the first place. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Riverdale’s Resident Power Couple Makes a Rare Red Carpet Appearance," 8 Mar. 2019 Of the many personalities associated with GE, only two have burnished their reputations with the conglomerate’s investors recently. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "New Warning Lights Flash at GE," 5 Mar. 2019 The personality evident in many of Brodsky’s tattoos is a testament to the art form’s power. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 That has always been the challenge for any actor taking on the role: keeping the fundamental personality intact while putting their own unique mark on the character. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 At the beginning of this year, Twitter rejoiced when Sony announced that Tom Hanks had been cast as Mister Rogers in an upcoming, still untitled biopic about the late television personality. Andrea Park, Glamour, "The Internet Can't Take This First Look of Tom Hanks Playing Mister Rogers," 27 Sep. 2018 According to Sony, the Aibo’s personality is formed by its interactions with its owner, like a walking, woofing Tamagotchi. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sony’s $2,900 robot dog now on sale in the U.S.," 20 Sep. 2018 Behar isn't the first ABC News personality to weigh in on the controversy swirling around the vacant Supreme Court seat. Brian Flood, Fox News, "'The View' host Joy Behar says 'white men' are protecting 'probably guilty' Brett Kavanaugh," 19 Sep. 2018 Children can learn about both the vibrant palette and the adventurous personality of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this solo piece, presented in Queens by Teatro SEA, New York City’s Latino theater for children. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018

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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 How to pronounce personality (audio) \
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- How to pronounce personality (audio) \
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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