personality meaning

[ ˌpə:sə'næliti ] Pronunciation:   "personality" in a sentence
Noun: personality  `pursu'nalitee
  1. The complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual
    "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities" 
  2. A person of considerable prominence
    "she is a Hollywood personality"

Derived forms: personalities

See also: personal

Type of: attribute, celeb, celebrity, famous person

Part of: individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: Personality

AmE / noun (plural personalities)


1 [C,U]

the various aspects of a person's character that combine to make them different from other people:

She has a strong personality.

There are likely to be personality clashes in any group of colleagues.

The assessment helps a manager decide if a person's aptitude and personality are right for the job.

2 [C]

a famous person, especially one who works in entertainment or sport:

They decided to use a sports personality to help sell their products.

3 (Marketing ) [C,U]

the qualities of a product or an organization that make it interesting and different:

Packaging should reflect and enhance the product's personality.

What is the organization's corporate personality?

4 (Law ) [C,U]

an organization which is considered in law to exist separately from the people who own it or run it and to have legal rights and duties:

A company is a legal personality and has many similarities with a natural person-it has a birth certificate and an address-and so can enter into legal contracts.

Characteristics that make an intelligent computer or robot human-like. In general, the more powerful the computer, the more personality it can have, depending on the installed software. In some cases, certain malfunctions in a computer can produce personality quirks.

Behavior-response patterns that characterize the individual. n pl -ties
1 : the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual esp. in relationships with others
a : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional tendencies
b : the organization of the individual's distinguishing character traits, attitudes, or habits


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  1. my own personality has become a burden to me.
  2. he built my personality into his hero.
  3. his personality is complementary to hers.
  4. his personality happened to hit her fancy.
  5. they centered on substance, not on personalities.

Related Words

  1. personalised meaning
  2. personalism meaning
  3. personalist meaning
  4. personalistic meaning
  5. personalities meaning
  6. personality assessment meaning
  7. personality assessments meaning
  8. personality cult meaning
  9. personality development meaning
  10. personality disorder meaning
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