Definition of persona in English:

persona

nounpersonas, personae

  • 1The aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others.

    ‘her public persona’
    In psychology, often contrasted with anima
    • ‘The public personas of some writers cut a wide swath through the publishing world.’
    • ‘Some commenters find this problematic, pointing out that people present different personas to different people, depending on the situation.’
    • ‘It was only after several years of painting celebs that I thought I could paint regular people whose personas weren't public and well-known.’
    • ‘One thing it's important to remember with all of these people - their public personas, their public writings, are to a great degree a pose.’
    • ‘Many people have stated how the persona they present on their blog, while being largely true, is only part of their real selves.’
    • ‘His public persona has been moulded and redefined so as to render him acceptable to all.’
    • ‘Supposedly, the point is that the public can see the people behind the public persona.’
    • ‘Some say Luke's present and past personas are inconsistent; I say they are perfectly consistent.’
    • ‘This persona I present to you all on here, while in many ways that of my own, is also of that someone else I'd like to be.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the Kaiser's perceived public and private persona was one of these problems.’
    • ‘However, remember the public persona and the private person are two very different people.’
    • ‘When a famous person promotes a foodstuff, their public persona acquires a nurturing, human edge.’
    • ‘The tendency is to build acceptable traits into the persona and to keep unacceptable traits hidden or repressed.’
    • ‘The line between ‘us’ and ‘them’ became the line between an individual's public and private personas.’
    • ‘Here is a performer whose personal tragedies have always informed her public persona.’
    • ‘The play looks at the star whose private life was a complete contrast to his public persona.’
    • ‘Now that the two have exposed their repressed animosity toward each other, there's an added layer of drama and intrigue to their public personas.’
    • ‘The public personas of Shawn and Cole differed markedly, however.’
    • ‘The public personae of Lincoln and Grant have undergone similar fates.’
    • ‘In a culture that places a premium on media exposure, it is no surprise that men and women who are seen by millions daily have a public persona.’
    1. 1.1A role or character adopted by an author or an actor.
      • ‘The writing is crisp, making the characters realistic personas despite their larger-than-life roles.’
      • ‘First is their ability to adopt different personas.’
      • ‘In all six films he adopts six different personas, which is something he enjoys about the character.’
      • ‘There's nothing there where the characters should be, not even the actor's star personas.’
      • ‘Their roles and personas can differ with the production, combination and utilisation of selected characterisations: in other words, creators are created.’
      • ‘For years he's adopted personae to tell stories in songs.’
      • ‘Just as he acquired more than one name, so he had different roles and personae.’
      • ‘When credit and responsibility are at issue, gatekeepers try and fall back upon supposedly stable older personas of the ‘author’ to restore some decorum.’
      • ‘It becomes hectic with the same actors changing persona within seconds.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that each actor carefully projects their characters' personas with deliberate intent.’
      • ‘As a writer drawing on this experience, I seem able to take different perspectives on board and I am comfortable adopting a range of personae.’
      • ‘The narrating persona admits that he cannot understand the unformed mind of the younger man he is describing.’
      • ‘There's nothing worse than a musician or an actor who will only do interviews as their stage persona.’
      • ‘I thought I'd make the most of it and adopt a more sinister persona for three or four performances.’
      • ‘Take every opportunity you can to perform in front of others and develop your stage persona.’
      • ‘Since then she's taken on many personas in various stories and role plays.’
      • ‘Stand-up is less about the material and more about confidence, authority and having a consistent persona.’
      image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self, front, facade, mask, guise, exterior, role, part
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Origin

Early 20th century Latin, literally ‘mask, character played by an actor’.

Pronunciation

persona

/pəˈsəʊnə/ /pəːˈsəʊnə/