[per.son.al] adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. LL personalis, fr. L persona] (14c) 1: of, relating to, or affecting a person: private, individual "~ ambition" "~ financial gain"
2. a: done in person without the intervention of another; also: proceeding from a single person b: carried on between individuals directly "a ~ interview"
3: relating to the person or body
4: relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner "a ~ insult"
5. a: being rational and self-conscious "~, responsive government is still possible --John Fischer" b: having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction "a ~ devil"
6: of, relating to, or constituting personal property "a ~ estate" 7: denoting grammatical person
personal n (1861) 1: a short newspaper paragraph relating to the activities of a person or a group or to personal matters
2: a short personal communication in a special column of the classified ads section of a newspaper or periodical
3: personal foul