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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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Examples for personage
  • 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.
  • And when she was satisfied in these qualifications, she would consider of his personage.
  • The franking privilege was part of the personage of the postmaster, as it traveled with him wherever he went.
British Dictionary definitions for personage

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 personage
personage
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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