Definition of dramatis personae noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


dramatis personae

BrE BrE//ˌdræmətɪs pɜːˈsəʊnaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdræmətɪs pɜːrˈsoʊnaɪ//
[plural] (from Latin, formal) Elements of a play
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all the characters in a play in the theatre See related entries: Elements of a play Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘persons of the drama’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dramatis personae