(The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): A famous or important person.
Origin of personage
Middle English personfrom Old French frompersonepersonperson
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Personage Sentence Examples
The more exalted the personage the longer, as a rule, is the body kept before cremation.
The Wizard was also most heartily welcomed by the straw man, who was an important personage in the Land of Oz.
Every prince of the blood is a royal personage.
At least Augustine speaks of such a personage, and the Fihrist also has knowledge of a chief of all Manichaeans.
Constant, who had met Madame de Stael at Lausanne in 1794, followed her in the next year to Paris, where he rapidly became a personage in the moderate republican circle which met in her salon; and by 1796 he had established with her intimate relations, which, in spite of many storms, endured for ten years.