Definition of personality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsəˈnæləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈnæləti//
    (pl. personalities)
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the various aspects of a person’s character that combine to make them different from other people His wife has a strong personality. The children all have very different personalities. He maintained order by sheer force of personality. There are likely to be tensions and personality clashes in any social group. People’s clothes are often an expression of their personality.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the qualities of a person’s character that make them interesting and attractive We need someone with lots of personality to head the project. She was very beautiful but seemed to lack personality.
  3. 3  [countable] a famous person, especially one who works in entertainment or sport synonym celebrity personalities from the world of music a TV/sports personality
  4. 4[countable] a person whose strong character makes them noticeable Their son is a real personality.
  5. 5[uncountable] the qualities of a place or thing that make it interesting and different synonym character The problem with many modern buildings is that they lack personality.
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (referring to the fact of being a person rather than an animal or thing): from Old French personalite, from medieval Latin personalitas, from Latin personalis ‘of a person’, from persona ‘actor's mask, character in a play’, later ‘human being’. Senses (1) and (2) date from the late 18th cent.Extra examples All candidates have to undergo a personality test. Barbara is/​has a very forceful personality. For the first time she was seeing the more unpleasant aspects of her husband’s personality. From your personality profile, it seems you’re interested in politics. He developed a split personality after the crash. He had no screen presence and lacked any real personality. He has achieved success by the sheer strength of his personality. His choice of clothes reflects his personality. Interesting displays can add personality to your store window. She has brought out her husband’s personality since their relationship began. She manages to project a very distinct personality. She stamped her personality on the company. The events of her early life shaped her personality. The job didn’t really suit my personality. There was a personality clash between two members of the committee. a broadcast network with well-known on-air personalities a troubled man who had a vulnerable personality her amiable nature and easy-going personality personality conflicts between a faculty member and a student the personality cult surrounding Stalin He has the presence and personality to hold audiences spellbound. Her clothes reflect her lively personality. In a viewers’ poll he was voted TV Personality of the Year. People’s clothes are often an expression of their personality. She was beautiful but seemed to lack personality. Various personalities from the world of music were invited.
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