personality[pʉr′sə nal′ə tē]
- Personality is the combination of qualities and characteristics of a person.
An example of personality is charismatic.
- the quality or fact of being a person
- the quality or fact of being a particular person; personal identity; individuality
- habitual patterns and qualities of behavior of any individual as expressed by physical and mental activities and attitudes; distinctive individual qualities of a person, considered collectively
- the complex of qualities and characteristics seen as being distinctive to a group, nation, place, etc.
- the sum of such qualities seen as being capable of making, or likely to make, a favorable impression on other people
- Informal personal attractiveness; engaging manner or qualities
- a person; specif.,
- a notable person; personage
- a person known for appearances on TV, radio, etc.
- remarks, usually of an offensive or disparaging nature, aimed at or referring to a person
Origin of personalityMiddle English personalite ; from Late Latin personalitas ; from personalis, personal
- a. The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person. See Synonyms at disposition.b. The totality of behavioral traits that are peculiar to a specific nonhuman animal: a hyena with an assertive personality.c. The totality of qualities that distinguish a group, organization, or place: The personality of the business changed dramatically over the years.
- The collection of distinctive qualities of a person, especially those distinguishing personal characteristics that make one socially appealing: won the election more on personality than on capability.
- The quality or condition of being a person.
- a. A person as the embodiment of distinctive traits of mind and behavior.b. A person of prominence or notoriety: television personalities.
- The distinctive characteristics of a place or situation: furnishings that give a room personality.
- personalities An offensive or disparaging personal remark: Let's not engage in personalities.
Origin of personalityMiddle English personalite, from Old French, from Late Latin persōnālitās, from Latin persōnālis, personal, from persōna, person; see person.
- A set of qualities that make a person (thing) distinct from another.
- The president has a unique personality.
- An assumed role or manner of behavior.
- My work PC emulates a Windows personality.
- In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.
- A celebrity.
- Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.
- Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
- The best contestant shows most personality.
- Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
- indulgence in personalities
- (law) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.
Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English personalite, from Middle French, from Late Latin persÅnÄlitÄs.