public figure

noun

Definition of public figure

: a well-known person

Word by Word Definitions

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

figure play
  1. : a number symbol : numeral, digit

  2. : arithmetical calculations

  3. : a written or printed character

  1. : to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

  2. : to decorate with a pattern

  3. : to indicate or represent by numerals


Law Dictionary

public figure

noun public fig·ure

legal Definition of public figure

: an individual or entity that has acquired fame or notoriety or has participated in a particular public controversy — see also limited purpose public figure — compare public official
Note: A public figure must prove actual malice in order to prevail in a defamation action.

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