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personage

[pur-suh-nij] /ˈpɜr sə nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a person of distinction or importance.
2.
any person.
3.
a character in a play, story, etc.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English: body or image (statue, portrait) of a person (< Old French) < Medieval Latin persōnāgium. See person, -age
Related forms
nonpersonage, noun
Synonyms
1. See person.
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personage

/ˈpɜːsənɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an important or distinguished person
2.
another word for person (sense 1) a strange personage
3.
(rare) a figure in literature, history, etc
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Word Origin and History for nonpersonage

personage

n.

mid-15c., "body of a person" (with regard to appearance), from Old French personage "size, stature," also "a dignitary" (13c.), from Medieval Latin personaticum (11c.), from persona (see person). Meaning "a person of high rank or distinction" is attested from c.1500 in English; as a longer way to say person, the word was in use from 1550s (but often slyly ironical, with suggestion that the subject is overly self-important).

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