- 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.
The definition of personal is about you, related to you or affecting you, as opposed to the outside world or to anyone else.
- 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
- [pl.] 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.