self-ex·​pres·​sion ˌself-ik-ˈspre-shən How to pronounce self-expression (audio)
: the expression of one's own personality : assertion of one's individual traits
self-expressive adjective

Examples of self-expression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naomi Osaka, a Nike athlete, is unafraid to experiment with cuts, bold colors, and other means of self-expression. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 3 May 2024 This forward-looking perspective reaffirmed Nike’s commitment to empowering athletes in their sport as well as their individuality and self-expression. Devine Blacksher, Essence, 18 Apr. 2024 With women now turning to TikTok for information and as a vehicle for self-expression, the app has also become a forum for discussion. Emily Schmall, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Even if the joy and self-expression and community and so many other parts of queerness and sexuality will always be more than statistics can explain. Selena Simmons-Duffin, NPR, 15 Apr. 2024 Taking that East Coast prep heritage [and] streetwear into my love for science fiction films created a new entry point for me and my self-expression. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Sagittarius Creativity, romance, and self-expression are in focus for Sagittarius. Glamour, 8 Apr. 2024 His self-expression hasn’t changed drastically over the years. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 Find an outlet for self-expression under the Sagittarius moon. USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-expression was in 1892

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“Self-expression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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: the expression of one's own personality

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