Persona - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pərˈsoʊnə|  American pronunciation of the word persona
Brit.  |pəˈsəʊnə|  British pronunciation of the word persona


- an actor's portrayal of someone in a play (syn: character, part, role)
- (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world (syn: image)


His public persona is that of a strong, determined leader, but in private life he's very insecure.

The band takes on a whole new persona when they perform live.

From time to time he takes on a new persona.

Joel has a cheerful public persona but in private he's different.

...the actor's private life had long been occulted by a contrived public persona...

Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man

Word forms

singular: persona
plural: personas or personae
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