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 Dictionary entry overview: What does personality mean? 

  The noun PERSONALITY has 2 senses:

1. the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual
2. a person of considerable prominence

  Familiarity information: PERSONALITY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1personality [BACK TO TOP]


The complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context examples:

their different reactions reflected their very different personalities / it is his nature to help others

Hypernyms ("personality" is a kind of...):

attribute (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity)

Meronyms (parts of "personality"):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

character; fiber; fibre (the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions)

nature (the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "personality"):

identity; individuality; personal identity (the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity)

personableness (the complex of attributes that make a person socially attractive)

anal personality; anal retentive personality ((psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training))

genital personality ((psychoanalysis) the mature personality which is not dominated by infantile pleasure drives)

narcissistic personality (personality marked by self-love and self-absorption; unrealistic views about your own qualities and little regard for others)

obsessive-compulsive personality (personality characterized by a strong need to repeat certain acts or rituals)

oral personality ((psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development)

Holonyms ("personality" is a part of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Sense 2personality [BACK TO TOP]


A person of considerable prominence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

she is a Hollywood personality

Hypernyms ("personality" is a kind of...):

celebrity; famous person (a widely known person)

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