Character - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkærəktər|  American pronunciation of the word character
Brit.  |ˈkærəktə|  British pronunciation of the word character


- an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
she is the main character in the novel
- a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something (syn: lineament, quality)
the radical character of our demands
- the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions (syn: fiber, fibre)
education has for its object the formation of character
- an actor's portrayal of someone in a play (syn: part, persona, role)
- a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities) (syn: case, eccentric, type)
a real character
a strange character
- good repute
he is a man of character
- a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability (syn: reference)
requests for character references are all too often answered evasively
- a written symbol that is used to represent speech (syn: graph)
the Greek alphabet has 24 characters
- (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes


- engrave or inscribe characters on

Extra examples

The unique character of the town

The building is very simple in character.

Their house has a lot of character.

...formerly charactered as “the dark ages,” that period of history may not have been quite so benighted as once thought...

Written in an unsteady character.

You have well charactered him.

Tiger characters here a predator.

He has a cheerful but quiet character.

Children grow up with a mixture of character traits (=character qualities) from both sides of their family.

He swore, which was out of character for him.

Openness is at the heart of the American character.

Candida is the most interesting character in the play.

In the story, the main character has left his girlfriend and baby.

Everyone recognizes Disney's cartoon characters.

I'm considered a reformed character these days (=someone who has stopped doing bad things).

Word forms

singular: character
plural: characters
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