What does Personality mean?

Definitions for Personality
ˌpɜr səˈnæl ɪ tiper·son·al·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. personalitynoun

    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. personalitynoun

    a person of considerable prominence

    "she is a Hollywood personality"


  1. Personalitynoun

    A person who is famous or notable; a celebrity.

  2. Personalitynoun

    That which constitutes distinction of person; the externally evident aspects of the character or behavior of a person; individuality.


  1. personalitynoun

    A set of qualities that make a person (or thing) distinct from another.

    The president has a unique personality.

  2. personalitynoun

    An assumed role or manner of behavior.

  3. personalitynoun

    A celebrity.

    Johnny Carson was a respected television personality.

  4. personalitynoun

    Charisma, or qualities that make a person stand out from the crowd.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Personalitynoun

    The existence or individuality of any one.

    Etymology: from personal.

    Person belongs only to intelligent agents, capable of a law, and happiness and misery: this personality extends itself beyond present existence to what is past, only by consciousness, whereby it imputes to itself past actions, just upon the same ground that it does the present. John Locke.


  1. Personality

    Personality is the characteristic sets of behaviors, cognitions, and emotional patterns that are formed from biological and environmental factors, and which change over time. While there is no generally agreed-upon definition of personality, most theories focus on motivation and psychological interactions with the environment one is surrounded by. Trait-based personality theories, such as those defined by Raymond Cattell, define personality as traits that predict an individual's behavior. On the other hand, more behaviorally-based approaches define personality through learning and habits. Nevertheless, most theories view personality as relatively stable.The study of the psychology of personality, called personality psychology, attempts to explain the tendencies that underlie differences in behavior. Psychologists have taken many different approaches to the study of personality, including biological, cognitive, learning, and trait-based theories, as well as psychodynamic, and humanistic approaches. The various approaches used to study personality today reflect the influence of the first theorists in the field, a group that includes Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Gordon Allport, Hans Eysenck, Abraham Maslow, and Carl Rogers.


  1. personality

    Personality refers to the unique set of characteristics, traits, behaviors, and patterns that define an individual and differentiate them from others. These can include attitudes, habits, emotional responses, interpersonal skills, interests, and personal values. Personality is believed to be influenced by various factors, including genetics, environment, and life experiences, and remains relatively consistent throughout a person's life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Personalitynoun

    that which constitutes distinction of person; individuality

  2. Personalitynoun

    something said or written which refers to the person, conduct, etc., of some individual, especially something of a disparaging or offensive nature; personal remarks; as, indulgence in personalities

  3. Personalitynoun

    that quality of a law which concerns the condition, state, and capacity of persons

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. personnalit. Cf. Personality.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Personality

    Behavior-response patterns that characterize the individual.

Editors Contribution

  1. personality

    The qualities of a person.

    Her personality was loving, kind, caring, empathetic, gentle, calm and much more.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3376

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personality' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4112

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Personality' in Nouns Frequency: #1197

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Personality in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Personality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Personality in a Sentence

  1. Steve Bisciotti:

    Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa, tony Siragusa was Tony Siragusa clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community.

  2. Gabriele Amorth:

    I witnessed a complete transformation of personality and a woman who had strength way beyond her physical capabilities at the age of 46 and she had a complete transformation of the way she spoke and sounded, i can't tell you I wasn't frightened. I was two feet away from them and it was harrowing, even though I knew what to expect because he (Amorth) had told me.

  3. Elmer G. Letterman:

    Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.

  4. Joy Kotheimer:

    We try to spend time preening the feathers, doing what parents would do, interacting with it. It's really to the age -- where it's like a toddler, where it's starting to really be interested in things, textures, it looks at the numbers on the scale when we weigh it, we're starting to see its personality - or its penguinality.

  5. Greg Guma:

    Bernie is modulating his temperament. He is a brusque person who has a tendency to be dismissive, but he is accentuating the winning side of his personality, he is trying to convince people that he is a candidate with mass appeal.

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