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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for personal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English personal, personele, from Anglo-Norman personel, personal, personell, Old French personal, personel, from Late Latin persōnālis (of a person, personly), equivalent to person +‎ -al.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɜː.sən.əl/, /ˈpɜːs.nəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɜɹ.sən.əl/, /ˈpɜɹs.nəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: per‧son‧al, perso‧nal

AdjectiveEdit

personal (comparative more personal, superlative most personal)

  1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
  2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals; peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or general
    • 2014 March 3, Zoe Alderton, “‘Snapewives’ and ‘Snapeism’: A Fiction-Based Religion within the Harry Potter Fandom”, in Religions[1], volume 5, number 1, MDPI, DOI:10.3390/rel5010219, pages 219-257:
      Despite personal schisms and differences in spiritual experience, there is a very coherent theology of Snape shared between the wives. To examine this manifestation of religious fandom, I will first discuss the canon scepticism and anti-Rowling sentiment that helps to contextualise the wider belief in Snape as a character who extends beyond book and film.
    • 2015 October 27, Matt Preston, The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better[2], Plum, →ISBN, page 192:
      You could just use ordinary shop-bought kecap manis to marinade the meat, but making your own is easy, has a far more elegant fragrance and is, above all, such a great brag! Flavouring kecap manis is an intensely personal thing, so try this version now and next time cook the sauce down with crushed, split lemongrass and a shredded lime leaf.
    personal question;   personal desire
    Her song was her personal look at the values of friendship.
    You can't read my diary - it is personal.
  3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance; corporeal.
    personal charms
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
  4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
    a personal interview;   personal settings
    • '2011, Bob Nelson, ‎Peter Economy, Consulting For Dummies
      Although you miss the nonverbal cues that you pick up in a personal meeting, you can call far more clients in a day than you can meet with in person.
  5. Relating to an individual, their character, conduct, motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive manner
    personal reflections or remarks
  6. (grammar) Denoting a person.

Usage notesEdit

Not to be confused with personnel (employees, staff).

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NounEdit

personal (plural personals)

  1. An advertisement by which individuals attempt to meet others with similar interests.
  2. A movable; a chattel.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin persōnālis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

personal (masculine and feminine plural personals)

  1. personal
    Antonym: impersonal

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CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

English personal, from Middle English personal, personele, from Anglo-Norman personel, personal, personell, Old French personal, personel, from Late Latin persōnālis (of a person, personly).

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: per‧so‧nal

AdjectiveEdit

personal

  1. of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals; peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or general

QuotationsEdit

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:personal.


InterlinguaEdit

AdjectiveEdit

personal (comparative plus personal, superlative le plus personal)

  1. personal

NounEdit

personal (uncountable)

  1. staff, personnel

LadinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

personal m (feminine singular personala, masculine plural personai, feminine plural personales)

  1. personal

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin persōnālis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

personal (plural personales)

  1. personal
    Antonym: impersonal

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NounEdit

personal m (plural personales)

  1. personnel, staff

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SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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personal c

  1. staff (employees of a business)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of personal 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative personal personalen personaler personalerna
Genitive personals personalens personalers personalernas