a person of distinction or importance.
any person.
a character in a play, story, etc.

1425–75; late Middle English: body or image (statue, portrait) of a person (< Old French) < Medieval Latin persōnāgium. See person, -age

nonpersonage, noun

1. See person. Unabridged
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personage (ˈpɜːsənɪdʒ)
1.  an important or distinguished person
2.  another word for person : a strange personage
3.  rare a figure in literature, history, etc

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Word Origin & History

1461, "body of a person" (with regard to appearance), from O.Fr. personage (13c.), from M.L. personaticum (1057), from persona (see person). Meaning "a person of high rank or distinction" is attested from 1503; as a longer way to say person, the word was in use from c.1555
(but often slyly ironical, with suggestion that the subject is overly self-important).
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Example sentences
And my desire to be friends with an eminent personage conflicted with the fact that he was, ultimately, my boss.
It will keep your smokes in pristine condition and lend your coughing, short-breathed personage a touch of the debonair.
At the apex is a quasi-deified personage, endowed with supreme authority over his subjects.
No novelist who has created a credible personage can ever be quite sure what that personage will do.
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