personagem

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French personnage.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /pɨɾ.su.ˈna.ʒɐ̃j̃/
  • Hyphenation: per‧so‧na‧gem

Noun[edit]

personagem m f (plural personagens)

  1. a character in a story

Usage notes[edit]

The word personagem has three different rules for gender inflection, all correct and widely used:

  • Always feminine: a personagem João e a personagem Maria "the character John and the character Mary"
  • Always masculine: o personagem João e o personagem Maria "the character John and the character Mary"
  • Agreeing with the person: o personagem João e a personagem Maria "the character John and the character Mary"

The choice is up to the speaker. However, the lack of a choice, i.e., the lack of regularity when using this word in a text is often considered bad style and should be avoided.