What does Character mean?

Definitions for Character
ˈkær ɪk tərChar·ac·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Character.

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


  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

  13. Origin: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Character

    kar′ak-tėr, n. a letter, sign, figure, stamp, or distinctive mark: a mark of any kind, a symbol in writing, &c.: writing generally, handwriting: a secret cipher: any essential feature or peculiarity: nature: (obs.) personal appearance: the aggregate of peculiar qualities which constitutes personal or national individuality: moral qualities especially, the reputation of possessing such: a formal statement of the qualities of a person who has been in one's service or employment: official position, rank, or status, or a person who has filled such: a person noted for eccentricity: a personality as created in a play or novel (Shak. Char′act).—v.t. to engrave, imprint, write: to represent, delineate, or describe.—n. Characterisā′tion.—v.t. Char′acterise, to describe by peculiar qualities: to distinguish or designate.—ns. Char′acterism; Characteris′tic, that which marks or constitutes the character.—adjs. Characteris′tic, -al, marking or constituting the peculiar nature.—adv. Characteris′tically.—adj. Char′acterless, without character or distinctive qualities.—ns. Char′acterlessness; Char′actery, writing: impression: that which is charactered.—In character, in harmony with the part assumed, appropriate, as a Character actor, one who tries to represent eccentricities. [Fr. caractère—L. character—Gr. charaktēr, from charass-ein, to cut, engrave.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. character

    A type of symbol or letter.

    The character on the screen was part of the keyboard language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  
  2. character

    The qualities that define a human being.

    She was a focused and fun character.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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

How to pronounce Character?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Character in sign language?

  1. character


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Character in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Character in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Character in a Sentence

  1. Maisie Williams:

    The transition from Game of Thrones where I'm a small piece in a big puzzle, to something where you're taking the lead was very nerve-wracking, the role I play in 'The Falling,' Lydia, was a character that I wanted to show other people that I could do. I had to leave it at home, the nerves of carrying the film, and actually prove to people that I have more confidence in it.

  2. Satoshi Yoshioka:

    She was a person with mild character, and loved to eat so much. Her favorite food was sushi and udon noodles, she had eaten a lot of cake for her birthday last March 5.

  3. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.

  4. John Stemberger:

    There are many legitimate criticisms of the Boy Scouts of America, but it’s nonsense to compare The Boy Scouts of America to Hitler youth, it’s an irresponsible comment. The left is critical of anything that tries to promote uniformity and character-building. That’s a problem for them.

  5. Charles Reade:

    Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Images & Illustrations of Character

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Translations for Character

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  • حرف, رمز, شخصية, خلقArabic
  • действащо лице, знак, символ, отличителна черта, характер, геройBulgarian
  • personatge, caràcterCatalan, Valencian
  • znak, postavaCzech
  • træk, fasthed, rolle, karakter, tegn, figur, personlighed, viljestyrke, person, naturDanish
  • Figur, Character, Person, Original, Zeichen, Charakter, BuchstabeGerman
  • χαρακτήρας, γράμμαGreek
  • rolulo, karakteroEsperanto
  • carácter, personajeSpanish
  • tegelane, karakterEstonian
  • منش, نویسه, کاراکتر, حرف, پرسوناژ, شخصیت, سیرتPersian
  • henkilö, kirjoitusmerkki, tyyppi, luonne, persoona, merkki, kirjain, hahmoFinnish
  • caractère, personnageFrench
  • pearsa, carachtarIrish
  • nàdar, caractar, litirScottish Gaelic
  • carácter, personaxeGalician
  • אופי, תו, דמות, מאפיין, אישיות, אות, תכונהHebrew
  • चरित्रHindi
  • karakter, szereplő, betűHungarian
  • գործող անձ, տիպ, բնավորություն, նշան, բնութագիրArmenian
  • KarakterIndonesian
  • persónaIcelandic
  • carattere, caratteristica, personaggioItalian
  • 記号, 登場人物, キャラクター, 文字, 特質Japanese
  • 문자, 등장인물, 캐릭터Korean
  • باته‌کKurdish
  • characterLatin
  • CharakterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tēlsLatvian
  • കഥാപാത്രംMalayalam
  • aksara, watakMalay
  • karakter, personage, persoonlijkheidDutch
  • karakter, tegnNorwegian
  • charakter, postać, znakPolish
  • carácter, personagem, caráter, fortaleza moral, figura, caracterePortuguese
  • personajRomanian
  • символ, фигура, характер, личность, герой, персонаж, знак, героиня, отличителная черта, тип, буква, иероглиф, действующее лицоRussian
  • karakter, lik, karakteristika, osobinaSerbo-Croatian
  • rollfigur, karaktär, teckenSwedish
  • sifaSwahili
  • எழுத்துருTamil
  • ตัวละครThai
  • özellik, ahlak, harf, kişilik, karakter, simge, sembol, hususiyet, orijinal kimseTurkish
  • 字符Chinese

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