noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English personalite, from Anglo-French personalité, from Late Latin personalitat-, personalitas, from personalis Date: 15th century 1. a. the quality or state of being a person b. personal existence 2. a. the condition or fact of relating to a particular person; specifically the condition of referring directly to or being aimed disparagingly or hostilely at an individual b. an offensively personal remark <
angrily resorted to personalities
3. a. the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics b. a set of distinctive traits and characteristics <
the energetic personality of the city
4. a. distinction or excellence of personal and social traits; also a person having such quality b. a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety <
a TV personality
Synonyms: see disposition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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