From Middle English caracter, from Old French caractere, from Latin character, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr, “type, nature, character”), from χαράσσω (kharassō, “I engrave”).
- IPA: /ˈkʰæɹəktɚ/, /ˈkʰɛɹəktɚ/
character (plural characters)
- A being involved in the action of a story.
- 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, The Onion AV Club:
- But Pirates! comes with all the usual Aardman strengths intact, particularly the sense that its characters and creators alike are too good-hearted and sweet to nitpick. The ambition is all in the craft rather than in the storytelling, but it’s hard to say no to the proficiency of that craft, or the mild good cheer behind it.
- A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.
- A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out.
- A moral strength.
- "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."
- A very charismatic person.
- That bloke is such a character.
- A written or printed symbol, or letter
- (computing) One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.
- (informal) A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.
- We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers.
- (mathematics) A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
Usage notes 
A comparison of character and reputation: It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion.
Derived terms 
Terms derived from character
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being in a story
- Arabic: شخصية (ar) (shaxṣiya) f
- Egyptian Arabic: شخصية (shaxṣeya) f, كراكتر (karaktar) m
- Armenian: գործող անձ (hy) (gorçoġ anj)
- Bulgarian: герой (bg) (geroj) m, действащо лице (bg) (dejstvašto lice)
- Catalan: personatge (ca) m
- Mandarin: 人物 (cmn) (rénwù), 角色 (cmn) (juésè, jiǎosè)
- Czech: postava (cs) f
- Danish: figur (da), rolle (da), person (da)
- Dutch: karakter (nl) n, personage (nl) n
- Esperanto: rolulo (eo)
- Estonian: karakter (et), tegelane (et)
- Finnish: hahmo (fi), henkilö (fi)
- French: personnage (fr) m
- German: Figur (de) f, Person (de) f
- Greek: χαρακτήρας (el) (charaktiras) m
- Hebrew: דמות (he) (dmut) f
- Hungarian: szereplő (hu)
- Icelandic: persóna (is)
- Irish: pearsa (ga) f, carachtar (ga) m
notable or eccentric person
symbol for a sound or a word
- Hebrew: אות (he) (ot) f, תו (he) (tav) m
- Italian: carattere (it) m
- Japanese: 記号 (ja) (きごう, kigō), 文字 (ja) (もじ, moji)
- Korean: 문자 (ko) (munja)
- Malay: aksara (ms)
- Norwegian: tegn (no)
- Persian: حرف (fa), نویسه (fa)
- Polish: znak (pl) m
- Russian: буква (ru) (búkva) f, символ (ru) (símvol) m, знак (ru) (znak) m, иероглиф (ru) (ijeróglif) m (Chinese)
- Scottish Gaelic: litir (gd) f
- Swedish: tecken (sv)
- Turkish: harf (tr), sembol (tr), simge (tr)
(computingcharacter) basic element in a text string
(informalcharacter) unknown or suspicious person
(mathematicscharacter) complex number
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character (third-person singular simple present characters, present participle charactering, simple past and past participle charactered)
- (obsolete) To write (using characters); To describe
See also 
From the Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr).
character (genitive characteris); m, third declension
- branding iron
- brand (made by a branding iron)
- characteristic, mark, character, style