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

His artwork will be with us forever, and now, thanks to an installation at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, his personality will live on as well. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Meet Salvador Dali. Or at Least, a Very Convincing Fake," 10 May 2019 There are tons of Airbnbs that cater to specific needs and interests—from beach lovers to treehouse fanatics, there are tons of rentals around the world that can match your personality and vacation style. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This California Airbnb is Actually a Working Alpaca Ranch, And It’s Only $74 a Night," 17 Apr. 2019 Three years after meeting, the successful radio personality married her agent on November 30, 1997. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Wendy Williams and Her Soon-to-Be Ex-Husband Kevin Hunter's Relationship," 11 Apr. 2019 Giving his girlfriend her moment to shine, radio personality Adams stepped back while the Modern Family star posed for her all-important photos. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Lost All Chill Over Sarah Hyland at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party," 26 Feb. 2019 For his one-bedroom in Manhattan’s East Village, Stark set out to design a space that would reflect his personality while showcasing fabrics, rugs, and wallcoverings from his family’s portfolio. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Urban Cowboy Meets Old World New York in a Textile Heir's Apartment," 25 Feb. 2019 Former Reba co-star Melissa Peterman and country music radio personality Bobby Bones also shared sweet remarks about Reba. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Calls Reba McEntire a 'Rad Grandma for My Kids' in Emotional Speech," 3 Dec. 2018 Joe Walsh, the former Republican congressman turned TV and radio personality, said in a series of Twitter posts late Tuesday and early Wednesday that he, too, had been deceived by Mr. Cohen’s show. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Sarah Palin Says She Was ‘Duped’ by Sacha Baron Cohen," 11 July 2018 One Chicago radio personality is hoping to turn his storage locker fees into treasures for fans. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Memorabilia, merchandise and 'regular junk:' Steve Dahl to host garage sale at Des Plaines casino," 6 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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