|Origin:||caractere, from Latin character 'mark, particular quality', from Greek, from charassein 'to make a mark in a surface'|
char‧ac‧ter S1 W1
the particular combination of qualities that makes someone a particular type of person [↪ characteristic]:
all somebody's qualities[countable usually singular]
He has a cheerful but quiet character.
Children grow up with a mixture of character traits (=character qualities) from both sides of their family.
his temper and other character flaws (=bad qualities)
in character/out of character (=typical or untypical of someone's character)
He swore, which was out of character for him.
the English/French etc character
Openness is at the heart of the American character.
character sketch (=a description of someone's character)
a person in a book, play, film etc:
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.
a person of a particular type, especially a strange or dishonest one:
a couple of shady characters standing on the corner
I'm considered a reformed character these days (=someone who has stopped doing bad things).
an interesting and unusual person:
Linda was something of a character.
the particular combination of features and qualities that makes a thing or place different from all others [= nature]
qualities of something[singular,uncountable]
The whole character of the school has changed.
the unspoilt character of the coast
The southern state became more nationalist in character.
a combination of qualities such as courage, loyalty, and honesty that are admired and regarded as valuable:
a woman of great character
Schools were created to teach reading and mathematics, not moral character.
It takes strength of character to admit you are wrong.
Sport can be character building (=develop good moral qualities).
a quality that makes someone or something special and interesting:
a red wine with a meaty character
suburban houses that lack character
the opinion that people have about whether you are a good person and can be trusted:
a man of previous good character
The campaign was accused of character assassination (=an unfair attack on someone's character) because of its negative ads.
His defence called several people as character witnesses (=people who think that someone has a good character).
Mr Wetherby wrote him a character reference (=a statement about his good qualities).
a letter, mark, or sign used in writing, printing, or on a computer:
the Chinese character for horse