character

Definitions

General English

  • noun the part of a person which makes them behave differently from all others
  • noun a set of features that make something different from other similar things
  • noun a person with particular qualities

General Science

  • noun the way in which a person thinks and behaves
  • noun the way in which an animal or plant is different from others

Aviation

  • noun a quality or set of qualities which make something different and separate from something else

Computing

  • noun a graphical symbol which appears as a printed or displayed mark such as one of the letters of the alphabet, a number or a punctuation mark

Electronics

  • A letter, number, punctuation mark, control code, or other symbol that occupies one byte of computer memory. An example is an ASCII character.

Human Resources

  • noun the general nature or qualities of a person, which make that person different from others

Information & Library Science

  • noun a single letter, number or symbol that can be displayed on a computer screen or printer and represents one byte of data

Marketing

  • noun a letter, number, or sign used in typesetting, e.g. a letter of the alphabet, a number, or a punctuation mark

Media Studies

  • noun a person in a book, play, or film

Real Estate

  • noun qualities that make a property interesting or attractive

Sports

  • noun the set of qualities that make somebody or something distinctive, especially somebody’s qualities of mind and feeling

Wine

  • a distinctive and good style and personality of a wine derived from each element of the winemaking process, reflecting the soil, grape variety, and method of production

Origin & History of “character”

The ultimate source of character is Greek kharaktḗr, a derivative of the verb kharássein ‘sharpen, engrave, cut’, which in turn came from kharax ‘pointed stake’. Kharaktḗr meant ‘engraved mark’, and hence was applied metaphorically to the particular impress or stamp which marked one thing as different from another – its ‘character’. The word came into English via Latin charactēr and Old French caractere. Characteristic followed in the 17th century.
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