Definitions for characterˈkær ɪk tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

char•ac•ter*ˈkær ɪk tər(n.)

  1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person or thing.

  2. one such feature or trait; characteristic.

  3. moral or ethical quality:

    a woman of strong character.

  4. qualities of honesty, fortitude, etc.; integrity.

  5. reputation:

    a stain on one's character.

  6. distinctive, often interesting qualities:

    an old pub with a lot of character.

  7. a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality:

    a suspicious character.

  8. an odd, eccentric, or unusual person.

    Category: Informal

  9. a person represented in a drama, story, etc.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

  10. a role, as in a play or film.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

  11. status or capacity:

    in his character of a justice of the peace.

  12. a symbol used in a system of writing:

    Chinese characters.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  13. a significant visual mark or symbol.

  14. an account of a person's qualities, abilities, etc.; reference.

  15. (in 17th- and 18th-century literature) a sketch of a particular virtue or vice represented in a person or type.

    Category: Literature

  16. any trait, function, structure, or substance of an organism resulting from the effect of one or more genes.

    Category: Genetics

  17. any encoded unit of computer-usable data representing a symbol, as a letter, number, or puncuation mark, or a space, carriage return, etc.

    Category: Computers

  18. a cipher or cipher message.

    Category: Cryptography

  19. (adj.)(of a theatrical role) having or requiring eccentric, comedic, ethnic, or other distinctive traits.

    Category: Showbiz

  20. (of an actor) acting or specializing in such roles.

  21. (v.t. Archaic.)to portray; describe.

  22. to engrave; inscribe.

Idioms for character:

  1. in (or out of) character, in accord with (or in violation of) one's usual behavior and disposition. in accordance with (or deviating from) behavior appropriate to the role assumed by an actor.

    Category: Idiom, Showbiz

* Syn: character , personality refer to the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person. character refers esp. to the moral qualities and ethical standards that make up the inner nature of a person: a man of sterling character. personality refers particularly to outer characteristics, as wittiness or charm, that determine the impression that a person makes upon others: a pleasing personality. See also reputation.

Origin of character:

1275–1325; ME caractere < MF < L charactēr < Gk charaktḗr graving tool, its mark


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fictional character, fictitious character, character(noun)

    an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)

    "she is the main character in the novel"

  2. quality, character, lineament(noun)

    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

    "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"

  3. character, fiber, fibre(noun)

    the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

    "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer

  4. character, role, theatrical role, part, persona(noun)

    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    "she played the part of Desdemona"

  5. character, eccentric, type, case(noun)

    a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

    "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"

  6. character(noun)

    good repute

    "he is a man of character"

  7. character, reference, character reference(noun)

    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

    "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"

  8. character, grapheme, graphic symbol(noun)

    a written symbol that is used to represent speech

    "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"

  9. character(verb)

    (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes

  10. character(verb)

    engrave or inscribe characters on

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. character(noun)ˈkær ɪk tər

    a person in a book, movie, etc.

  2. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    to act a particular part in a play, movie etc.

    He plays the character of Benny.

  3. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    qualities that make a person or place unique; = personality

    a side of her character we hadn't seen; to have a strong/weak character; the changing character of Mexican society; two schools that are very similar/different in character

  4. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    unusual behavior for sb

    Yelling is completely out of character for her.

  5. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    sb of a particular kind

    a suspicious-looking character

  6. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    emotional and mental strength

    Climbing can be a real test of character.; an activity that builds character

  7. characterˈkær ɪk tər

    a written or printed letter or symbol

    Japanese characters


  1. character(Noun)

    A being involved in the action of a story.

  2. character(Noun)

    A written or printed symbol, or letter

  3. character(Noun)

    A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.

    A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out.

  4. character(Noun)

    A moral strength.

    "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."

  5. character(Noun)

    A person with many notable or eccentric features.

  6. character(Noun)

    A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.

  7. character(Noun)

    One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.

  8. character(Noun)

    A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.

    We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers.

  9. character(Verb)

    To write (using characters); To describe

  10. Origin: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Character(noun)

    a distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol

  2. Character(noun)

    style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar form of letters used by a particular person or people; as, an inscription in the Runic character

  3. Character(noun)

    the peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a person or thing really is; nature; disposition

  4. Character(noun)

    strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character

  5. Character(noun)

    moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion

  6. Character(noun)

    quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the miserable character of a slave; in his character as a magistrate; her character as a daughter

  7. Character(noun)

    the estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and veracity; to give one a bad character

  8. Character(noun)

    a written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant

  9. Character(noun)

    a unique or extraordinary individuality; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was a character; Caesar is a great historical character

  10. Character(noun)

    one of the persons of a drama or novel

  11. Character(verb)

    to engrave; to inscribe

  12. Character(verb)

    to distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize


  1. Character

    A character is a person in a narrative work of arts. Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of "a part played by an actor" developed. Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person." In literature, characters guide readers through their stories, helping them to understand plots and ponder themes. Since the end of the 18th century, the phrase "in character" has been used to describe an effective impersonation by an actor. Since the 19th century, the art of creating characters, as practised by actors or writers, has been called characterisation. A character who stands as a representative of a particular class or group of people is known as a type. Types include both stock characters and those that are more fully individualised. The characters in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and August Strindberg's Miss Julie, for example, are representative of specific positions in the social relations of class and gender, such that the conflicts between the characters reveal ideological conflicts.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Character

    In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1176

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1567

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Nouns Frequency: #353

Translations for character

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the set of qualities that make someone or something different from others; type

You can tell a man's character from his handwriting; Publicity of this character is not good for the firm.

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