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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URBAHN And Tucker is one of the rare TV personalities who is also a wonderful writer. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's Book Agents on "Toxic" Trump Memoirs and Bill Clinton's #MeToo Fail," 12 July 2018 His extensive contacts allowed him to bring in speakers from Trump associate Roger Stone, to former TV personalities Nancy Grace and Susan Candiotti. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton public relations expert Barry Epstein dies at 76," 5 July 2018 Schultz started his broadcast career as a radio and TV personality in Fargo, North Dakota, in the 1980s. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Ed Schultz, Political Commentator and Former MSNBC Host, Dies at 64," 5 July 2018 But in all of June, Obama has tweeted only three times: about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the death of TV personality Anthony Bourdain and the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup championship. Mary Jordan,, "Ahead of high-stakes midterms, Barack Obama plans a bigger role in political races," 29 June 2018 A few days after the chef and TV personality died at the age of 61 by suicide, Simon, the prolific TV writer behind The Wire and The Deuce, shared a touching tribute to Bourdain. Derek Lawrence,, "David Simon pens touching tribute to Treme collaborator Anthony Bourdain," 12 June 2018 Joining Cincinnati's chefs for the day is TV personality Graham Elliot. Madeline Mitchell,, "Wine and food and beer, oh my: Grand Tasting Tips," 11 June 2018 The 61-year-old chef, author and TV personality died of an apparent suicide Friday. Leeanne Griffin,, "Connecticut Chefs React To Anthony Bourdain's Death," 9 June 2018 March for Our Lives has already received financial and public support from celebrities, including TV personality Oprah Winfrey and actor George Clooney. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Parkland students to hold town hall on gun violence at Naperville church," 5 June 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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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


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


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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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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