[[t]ˈkær ɪk tər[/t]] n.
1) the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person or thing
2) one such feature or trait; characteristic
3) moral or ethical quality:
a woman of strong character[/ex]
4) qualities of honesty, fortitude, etc.; integrity
5) reputation:
a stain on one's character[/ex]
6) distinctive, often interesting qualities:
an old pub with a lot of character[/ex]
7) a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality:
a suspicious character[/ex]
8) inf an odd, eccentric, or unusual person
9) lit. sbz a person represented in a drama, story, etc
10) lit. sbz a role, as in a play or film
11) status or capacity:
in his character of a justice of the peace[/ex]
12) ling. a symbol used in a system of writing:
Chinese characters[/ex]
13) a significant visual mark or symbol
14) an account of a person's qualities, abilities, etc.; reference
15) lit. (in 17th- and 18th-century literature) a sketch of a particular virtue or vice represented in a person or type
16) gen any trait, function, structure, or substance of an organism resulting from the effect of one or more genes
17) cmp any encoded unit of computer-usable data representing a symbol, as a letter, number, or puncuation mark, or a space, carriage return, etc
18) crp a cipher or cipher message
19) sbz (of a theatrical role) having or requiring eccentric, comedic, ethnic, or other distinctive traits
20) (of an actor) acting or specializing in such roles
21) to portray; describe
22) to engrave; inscribe
- character
Etymology: 1275–1325; ME caractere < MF < Lcharactēr< Gk charaktḗr graving tool, its mark char′ac•ter•ful, adj. char′ac•ter•less, adj. syn: character, personality refer to the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person. character refers esp. to the moral qualities and ethical standards that make up the inner nature of a person: a man of sterling character. personality refers particularly to outer characteristics, as wittiness or charm, that determine the impression that a person makes upon others: a pleasing personality. See also reputation

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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