AskDefine | Define personage

Dictionary Definition



1 another word for person; a person not meriting identification; "a strange personage appeared at the door"
2 a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events [syn: important person, influential person]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A famous or important person.
    • 1872, Oliver Wendell Holmes [Sr.], The Poet at the Breakfast-Table, page 230
      I can only say they have been in pretty close conversation several times of late, and, if I dared to think it of so very calm and dignified a personage, I should say that her color was a little heightened after one or more of these interviews.

Usage notes

  • In modern use, the noun personage is typically used with a partially redundant adjective, such as "notable" or "great"; as such, it may fairly be said to mean simply "person".


A famous or important person

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