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Meaning & Definition of Character in English

English

Character

/kɛrɪktər/

noun

1. An imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)

  • "She is the main character in the novel"
    synonym:
  • fictional character
  • ,
  • fictitious character
  • ,
  • character

2. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

  • "Each town has a quality all its own"
  • "The radical character of our demands"
    synonym:
  • quality
  • ,
  • character
  • ,
  • lineament

3. The inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

  • "Education has for its object the formation of character"- herbert spencer
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • fiber
  • ,
  • fibre

4. An actor's portrayal of someone in a play

  • "She played the part of desdemona"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • role
  • ,
  • theatrical role
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • persona

5. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

  • "A real character"
  • "A strange character"
  • "A friendly eccentric"
  • "The capable type"
  • "A mental case"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • eccentric
  • ,
  • type
  • ,
  • case

6. Good repute

  • "He is a man of character"
    synonym:
  • character

7. A formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

  • "Requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • reference
  • ,
  • character reference

8. A written symbol that is used to represent speech

  • "The greek alphabet has 24 characters"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • grapheme
  • ,
  • graphic symbol

9. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes

    synonym:
  • character

verb

1. Engrave or inscribe characters on

    synonym:
  • character

Examples of using

This character represents Scotland.
Wonder is the true character of the philosopher.
The main character is a young character.