- The definition of personal is about you, related to you or affecting you, as opposed to the outside world or to anyone else.
- An example of personal information is your name, address, phone number and social security number.
- An example of personal finance is your individual financial picture and money management strategy.
- of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual
- done in person or by oneself without the use of another person or outside agency: a personal interview
- involving persons or human beings: personal relationships
- of the person, body, or physical appearance: personal hygiene
- having to do with the character, personality, intimate affairs, conduct, etc. of a certain person: a personal remark
- tending to make personal, esp. derogatory, remarks: to get personal in an argument
- of, like, or having the nature of a person, or rational, self-conscious being
- Gram. indicating grammatical person: personal pronouns, personal endings of verbs in Greek and other highly inflected languages
- Law of or constituting personal property
Origin of personalOld French ; from Classical Latin personalis
- ☆ a local news item about a person or persons
- a short, personal communication placed as in a newspaper
- a classified advertisement placed for the purpose of seeking someone to date or have a personal relationship with
- a section of such advertisements, as in a newspaper
- Of or relating to a particular person; private: “Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted” (Elizabeth Janeway).
- a. Done, made, or performed in person: a personal appearance.b. Done to or for or directed toward a particular person: a personal favor.
- Concerning a particular person and his or her private business, interests, or activities; intimate: I have something personal to tell you.
- a. Aimed pointedly at the most intimate aspects of a person, especially in a critical or hostile manner: an uncalled-for, highly personal remark.b. Tending to make remarks, or be unduly questioning, about another's affairs: As the student debate got heated, it got personal.
- Of or relating to the body or physical being: personal cleanliness.
- Relating to or having the nature of a person or self-conscious being: belief in a personal God.
- Law Of or relating to the person: personal property as opposed to real property; personal jurisdiction as opposed to in rem jurisdiction.
- Grammar Indicating grammatical person.
- A personal item or notice in a newspaper.
- personals A column in a newspaper or magazine featuring personal notices.
(comparative more personal, superlative most personal)
- Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
- Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals; peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or general
- personal question; personal desire
- Her song was her personal look at the values of friendship.
- You can't read my diary - it is personal.
- Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance; corporeal.
- personal charms
- Done in person; without the intervention of another.
- a personal interview; personal settings
- Relating to an individual, his character, conduct, motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive manner; as, personal reflections or remarks.
- (grammar) Denoting a person.
Not to be confused with personnel (“employees, staff”).
- An advertisement by which individuals attempt to meet others with similar interests.
- A movable; a chattel.