dramatis personae[dram′ə tis pər sō′nē, drä′mə-]
Origin: ModL < LL dramatis, gen. of drama, drama + L personae, pl. of persona, character, person
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- The characters in a play or story.
- A list of the characters in a play or story.
Origin: Latin drāmatis, genitive of drāma, drama + persōnae, pl. of persōna, character.
dramatis personae - Cultural Definition
- In general, the “dramatis personae” are the participants in an event: “Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin were the dramatis personae at the Yalta Conference.”