Meaning of CHARACTER in English

■ noun

1》 the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

↘strength and originality in a person's nature.

↘a person's good reputation.

2》 the distinctive nature of something: gas lamps give the area its ~.

3》 a person in a novel, play, or film.

↘a part played by an actor.

4》 informal an unusual or amusing person.

5》 a printed or written letter or symbol.

↘ Computing a symbol representing a letter or number.

6》 chiefly Biology a ~istic, especially one that assists in the identification of a species.

■ verb archaic inscribe or write (something).



~ful adjective

~fully adverb

~less adjective


ME (in the sense 'distinctive mark', later 'feature or trait'): from OFr. caractere , via L. from Gk kharaktēr 'a stamping tool'.

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