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[pur-suh-nij] /ˈpɜr sə nɪdʒ/
a person of distinction or importance.
any person.
a character in a play, story, etc.
Origin of personage
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
1. See person. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


an important or distinguished person
another word for person (sense 1) a strange personage
(rare) a figure in literature, history, etc
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Word Origin and History for personage

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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