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(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"
"It is his nature to help others"
(2)   A person of considerable prominence
"She is a Hollywood personality"


Coined between 1350 and 1400 from , from , from .


  1. A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.
    The president has a unique personality.
  2. An assumed role or manner of behavior.
    My work PC emulates a Windows (TM) 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.
    The best contestant shows most personality.
    But over and over / I´ll be a fool for you / 'cause you got personality. (“Personality” by Lloyd Price, 1959)