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Overview

This page has 20 definitions of personal with English translations in 10 languages. Personal is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use personal in a sentence are shown. Also define these 16 related words and terms: individual, invidious, offensive, grammar, personal pronoun, chattel, personal, impersonal, staff, personnel, folks, people, mob, crowd, masses, and arbetskraft.

See also: Personal and personál

English

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)

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Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

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

Adjective

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 notes

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

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Noun

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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Catalan

Etymology

From Late Latin persōnālis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

personal (masculine and feminine plural personals)

  1. personal
    Antonym: impersonal
    • Personal definition
      Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things. (1 of 6 personal definitions)

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Cebuano

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: per‧so‧nal

Adjective

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

Quotations

For quotations using this term, see Citations:personal.


German

Etymology

From Late Latin persōnālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛʁzoˈnaːl/
  • Hyphenation: per‧so‧nal
  • (file)

Adjective

personal (not comparable)

  1. personal

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Indonesian

Etymology

From 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).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [pərˈsonal]
  • Hyphenation: pêr‧so‧nal

Adjective

personal

  1. personal.

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Interlingua

Adjective

personal (comparative plus personal, superlative le plus personal)

  1. personal

Noun

personal (uncountable)

  1. staff, personnel
    • Staff definition
      A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking. (1 of 11 staff definitions)

Ladin

Adjective

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

  1. personal

Portuguese

Etymology

Clipping of personal trainer.

Noun

personal

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Spanish

Etymology

From Late Latin persōnālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /peɾsoˈnal/, [peɾ.soˈnal]
  • (file)

Adjective

personal (plural personales)

  1. personal
    Antonym: impersonal

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Noun

personal m (plural personales)

  1. personnel, staff
    profesores y personalfaculty and staff

Hyponyms

  • personal de seguridad (security personnel)
  • personal médico (medical staff, medical personnel; medical practitioners)
  • personal sanitario (health workers, healthcare workers, medical personnel)
  • personel militar (military personnel)
 

Noun

personal m (uncountable)

  1. (informal) folks, people, mob, crowd; the masses
    • 1993, Francisco Umbral, Queremos saber, Antena 3, 23 April:
      Yo he venido aquí a hablar de mi libro; y no a hablar de lo que opine el personal, que me da lo mismo, porque para eso tengo mi columna y mi opinión diaria.

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

personal c

  1. staff (employees of a business)
    Synonym: arbetskraft
    • Arbetskraft definition
      labour, manpower (the supply side of the labour market; or as a mechanical power source)

Declension

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

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