- 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.
personal definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: Old 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
personal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 Relating to a person's movable property: personal possessions.
- Grammar Indicating grammatical person.
- A personal item or notice in a newspaper.
- personals A column in a newspaper or magazine featuring personal notices.