• WordNet 3.6
    • n personage a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
    • n personage another word for person; a person not meriting identification "a strange personage appeared at the door"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Personage A notable or distinguished person; a conspicuous or peculiar character; as, an illustrious personage; a comely personage of stature tall.
    • Personage Character assumed or represented. "The actors and personages of this fable.""Disguised in a false personage ."
    • Personage Form, appearance, or belongings of a person; the external appearance, stature, figure, air, and the like, of a person. "In personage stately.""The damsel well did view his personage ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n personage A person represented; a rôle or part assumed or played; a character.
    • n personage A person; an individual; especially, a man or woman of importance or distinction.
    • n personage Bodily form; external appearrance; person.
    • n personage Synonyms 2. Individual, etc. See person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Personage a person: character represented: an individual of eminence: external appearance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. personnage,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persōna, a player's mask, perh. from persŏnāre, -ātumper, through, sonāre, to sound.


In literature:

Nor did the latter and now unhappy personage appear to give it much more consideration than the rest.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
He is a great personage, a rich and powerful nobleman.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
So there he was again, a fishy, scaly, web-footed sort of personage, with something like a tuft of seaweed at his chin.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
The governor of Belver was a very extraordinary personage.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
He was already on the way to becoming a personage; there was a certain curiosity about him, a flutter of interest in whatever he did.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
In vain the high cellarer denied that he represented any such exalted personage.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I visited some of the principal personages this afternoon, with the interpreter of the Sultan.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Frost for the Speakership was a personage named Hawke.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
They listened to these jokes with a sort of unction, however dubious they were, seeing that they came from such respectable personages.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Julia Kavanagh has my esteem; I would rather know her than many far more brilliant personages.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
There was a temple in Attica called Cuamites; and a personage denominated from it.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
He was, therefore, a two-fold personage, and it is not an easy task to harmonize his theories.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
She seemed to him more of a personage than she had seemed before she went away.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
He was the founder of Babel, or Babylon; and is represented as a gigantic personage.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
Other noted personages afterwards resided in it.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
It employed eighty-seven personages and made use of elaborate machinery.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
A Duke, and a young Duke, is an important personage; but he must still be introduced.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
They took him to be what is usually called, not a person, but a personage.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Each of these personages had a daughter whom they were desirous that Perdiccas should make his wife.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
Our readers will now permit us to give them some short details of these three personages, who will often reappear in the course of this history.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

In news:

Chavela Vargas was legendary for her interpretation of ranchera music but also for her colorful lifestyle and associations with artistic personages.
Its personages are fanatics, and radicals, and mountebanks.
Unless you count Sophia, goddess of wisdom, no Foreman play has ever centered on the life of a historical personage.

In science:

Human means that if suitably dressed, given lots of money, and perched in a barstool in Las Vegas, the personage will attract potential mates.
Astrophysics in 2006