Meaning of PERSONAL in English


— personalness , n.

/perr"seuh nl/ , adj.

1. of, pertaining to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private: a personal opinion.

2. relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one's personal life; a letter marked "Personal."

3. intended for use by one person: a personal car.

4. referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.: personal remarks.

5. making personal remarks or attacks: to become personal in a dispute.

6. done, carried out, held, etc., in person: a personal interview.

7. pertaining to or characteristic of a person or self-conscious being: That is my personal belief.

8. of the nature of an individual rational being.

9. pertaining to the body, clothing, or appearance: personal cleanliness.

10. provided for one's discretionary use: Employees are allowed 15 vacation days and two personal days.

11. Gram.

a. noting person: In Latin porto "I carry," -o is a personal ending.

b. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the personal pronoun.

12. Law. of or pertaining to personal property: personal interests.


13. Journalism.

a. a short news paragraph in a newspaper concerning a particular person, as one who is socially prominent, or a group of particular persons who are socially prominent.

b. a brief, private notice in a newspaper or magazine, often addressed to a particular person and typically bearing an abbreviated salutation and signature to preserve its confidentiality, usually printed in a special part of the classified advertising section.

c. a similar notice placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.

d. Usually, personals . a column, page, or section of a newspaper, magazine, etc., featuring such notices or items.

[ 1350-1400; ME personalis. See PERSON, -AL 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .