Your personality is what makes you "you" — the combination of characteristics that make you unique.

Despite sharing some of the same genes, your siblings may have different personalities from you. You may be outgoing and upbeat, your sister may be quiet and reserved, and your brother may be a perennial pessimist. A personality can also refer to someone who is well known in a certain field — such as a sports or television personality.

Definitions of personality
  1. noun
    the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual
    “their different reactions reflected their very different personalities
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    identity, individuality, personal identity
    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
    the complex of attributes that make a person socially attractive
    anal personality, anal retentive personality
    (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
    genital personality
    (psychoanalysis) the mature personality which is not dominated by infantile pleasure drives
    narcissistic personality
    personality marked by self-love and self-absorption; unrealistic views about your own qualities and little regard for others
    obsessive-compulsive personality
    personality characterized by a strong need to repeat certain acts or rituals
    oral personality
    (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development
    gender, gender identity
    your identity as it is experienced with regard to your individuality as male or female, both male and female, or neither; awareness normally begin in infancy and is reinforced during adolescence
    the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)
    being a person
    type of:
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  2. noun
    a person of considerable prominence
    “she is a Hollywood personality
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    celebrity, famous person
    a widely known person
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