Webster 1828 Edition



That which constitutes an individual a distinct person, or that which constitutes individuality.
The personality of an intelligent being extends itself beyond present existence to what is past, only by consciousness--
Direct application or applicability to a person; as the personality of a remark.

Definition 2024





personality (plural personalities)

  1. A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Personality is individuality existing in itself, but with a nature as a ground.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
    The president has a unique personality.
  2. An assumed role or manner of behavior.
    My work PC emulates a Windows personality.
    In his final act, the comedian takes on a child's personality.
  3. A celebrity.
    Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.
  4. Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.
    • 1959, Lloyd Price, “Personality”:
      But over and over / I´ll be a fool for you / 'cause you got personality.
    The best contestant shows most personality.
  5. Something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks.
    indulgence in personalities
  6. (law) That quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)


Derived terms



  1. personality” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.