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Meaning of “character” in the English Dictionary

"character" in British English

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characternoun

uk   /ˈkær.ɪk.tər/  us   /ˈker.ɪk.tɚ/
  • character noun (QUALITY)

B1 [C or U] the ​particularcombination of ​qualities in a ​person or ​place that makes them different from ​others: Politeness is ​traditionallypart 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 ​modernizevariousaspects of the ​house without ​changingitsessential 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 ​oldplace with a ​bit of character. Old ​books are said to give a ​room character. As ​peoplegrowolder, ​theirfacesacquire more character. [U] the ​quality of being ​determined and ​able to ​deal with ​difficultsituations: She has such strength of character.

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  • character noun (IN A STORY)

B1 [C] a ​personrepresented in a ​film, ​play, or ​story: The ​filmrevolves 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 ​playsunusual and often ​humorouspeople).

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  • character noun (PERSON)

C2 [C] a ​person, ​especially when you are ​describing a ​particularquality 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: Ted's quite a character/a ​real character - he's 70 now and still ​riding that ​motorbike.

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  • 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 ​computerscreen on this ​laptop is 66 characters (= ​spaces)wide.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"character" in American English

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characternoun

 us   /ˈkær·ək·tər/
  • character noun (QUALITY)

[C/U] the ​particularcombination of things about a ​person or ​place, esp. things you cannot ​see, that make that ​person or ​place different from ​others: [C] The ​idea was to ​modernize the ​house without ​changingitshomey character. [C/U] Character is often used in a ​positive way to ​meanqualities that are ​interesting and ​unusual: [U] It’s a ​theater with a lot of character.
  • character noun (PERSON)

literature [C] a ​personrepresented in a ​movie, ​play, or ​story: The ​storyrevolves around three ​main characters. [C] A character is also a ​person, esp. with ​reference to a ​particularquality that the ​person has: There were one or two suspicious-looking characters ​hanging around.
  • character noun (MARK)

grammar [C] a ​letter, ​number, or other ​mark or ​sign used in writing or ​printing, or the ​space one of these ​takes: This ​computerscreen is 66 characters ​wide.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"character" in Business English

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characternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkærəktər/
IT a ​letter, ​number, or other ​symbol used in writing, especially in ​printedtext or on a ​computer: Click on the "word count" ​tool to ​find out how many ​lines, words, or characters are in your ​document.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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