n. pl. per·son·al·i·ties
a. The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person. See Synonyms at disposition.
b. The totality of behavioral traits that are peculiar to a specific nonhuman animal: a hyena with an assertive personality.
c. The totality of qualities that distinguish a group, organization, or place: The personality of the business changed dramatically over the years.
2. The collection of distinctive qualities of a person, especially those distinguishing personal characteristics that make one socially appealing: won the election more on personality than on capability.
3. The quality or condition of being a person.
a. A person as the embodiment of distinctive traits of mind and behavior.
b. A person of prominence or notoriety: television personalities.
5. The distinctive characteristics of a place or situation: furnishings that give a room personality.
6. personalities An offensive or disparaging personal remark: Let's not engage in personalities.
[Middle English personalite, from Old French, from Late Latin persōnālitās, from Latin persōnālis, personal, from persōna, person; see PERSON.]
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