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character

noun uk   /ˈkær.ɪk.tər/ us    /ˈker.ɪk.tɚ/

character noun (QUALITY)

B1 [C or U] the particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others: Politeness is traditionally part of the British character. It would be very out of character (= not typical) of her to lie. One of the joys of being a parent is watching the child's character develop. The idea was to modernize various aspects of the house without changing its essential character. It's not in his character to be (= he is not usually) jealous. B2 [U] qualities that are interesting and unusual: a hotel of character I'd prefer an old place with a bit of character. Old books are said to give a room character. As people grow older, their faces acquire more character. [U] the quality of being determined and able to deal with difficult situations: She has such strength of character.

character noun (IN A STORY)

B1 [C] a person represented in a film, play, or story: The film revolves around three main characters. She had Mickey Mouse or some other cartoon/Disney character on her sweater. He made his name as a character actor (= an actor who plays unusual and often humorous people).

character noun (PERSON)

C2 [C] a person, especially when you are describing a particular quality that they have: She's a curious character - I don't really know what to think of her. There were one or two strange-looking characters hanging around the bar. C1 [C] informal someone whose behaviour is different from most people's, especially in a way that is interesting or funny: He's quite a character/a real character, is Ted - he's 70 now and still riding that motorbike.

character noun (MARK)

C1 [C] a letter, number, or other mark or sign used in writing or printing, or the space one of these takes: a string of characters (= a line of marks) The address was written in Chinese/Japanese characters (= systems of writing). The computer screen on this laptop is 66 characters (= spaces) wide.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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