Meaning of “personality” in the English Dictionary

"personality" in British English

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personalitynoun

uk /ˌpɜː.sənˈæl.ə.ti/ us /ˌpɝː.sənˈæl.ə.t̬i/

personality noun (CHARACTER)

B2 [ C or U ] the type of person you are, shown by the way you behave, feel, and think:

She has a very warm personality.
He is well qualified for the job, but he does lack personality (= he is a boring person).

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  • She has a really intriguing personality.
  • He had a nice smile and an appealing personality.
  • She's no oil painting but she's got a lovely personality.
  • He's not much to look at, but he has a wonderful personality.
  • a vibrant personality

(Definition of “personality” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"personality" in American English

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personalitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌpɜr·səˈnæl·ɪ·t̬i/

the special combination of qualities in a person that makes that person different from others, as shown by the way the person behaves, feels, and thinks:

[ C ] She has a cheerful, attractive personality.
[ U ] Personality is formed at a very early age.

A personality is also a famous person, esp. in popular entertainment or sports:

[ C ] a TV personality

(Definition of “personality” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"personality" in Business English

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personalitynoun

uk /ˌpɜːsənˈæləti/ us personalities

[ C or U ] HR the type of person you are, which is shown by the way you behave, feel, and think:

He has a dynamic personality, makes excellent decisions, and is a true leader.
The real issue is about personality clashes with management.

[ U ] LAW the quality an organization has when it is seen as being legally separate from its owners:

In England and Wales, a partnership does not have separate legal personality.

[ C or U ] MARKETING the set of qualities that make a product interesting, attractive, etc.:

A corporate personality can become a tangible asset.
Product personality is determined by how a product looks and how it is perceived

(Definition of “personality” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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