|1.||[ noun ] (writing) an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)|
"she is the main character in the novel"
|Related terms:||imaginary_being Sherlock_Holmes Don_Quixote Uncle_Sam John_Henry Liliputian Gulliver Cinderella Huckleberry_Finn Beatrice Babar El_Cid captain_horatio_hornblower commissaire_maigret Little_John Lilliputian Mother_Goose Pangloss Pantaloon Pierrot chicken_little Tarzan Tom_Sawyer Uncle_Tom Fagin Bluebeard Ali_Baba Emile Falstaff protagonist simon_legree Little_Red_Ricing_Hood Raskolnikov Robin_Hood Rumpelstiltskin Tristan Iseult Yahoo Arthur beowulf bond cheshire_cat peter_pan colonel_blimp dracula father_brown frankenstein frankenstein goofy hamlet pluto iago Houyhnhnm kilroy king_lear marlowe micawber mr._moto othello perry_mason Faust Bunyan Argonaut sinbad snoopy Galahad Gawain Guinevere Lancelot Merlin robinson_crusoe shylock scaramouch sweeney_todd walter_mitty ruritanian svengali trilby Aladdin|
|2.||[ noun ] a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something|
"each town has a quality all its own" "the radical character of our demands"
|Related terms:||property texture qualify characterize qualify|
|3.||[ noun ] the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions|
: "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
|Related terms:||trait spirit personality responsibility integrity thoughtfulness|
|4.||[ noun ] (theater) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play|
|Synonyms:||part role persona theatrical_role|
"she played the part of Desdemona"
|Related terms:||portrayal hero heroine villain bit_part ingenue heavy title_role impersonate|
|5.||[ noun ] a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)|
|Synonyms:||type case eccentric|
"a real character" "a strange character" "a friendly eccentric" "the capable type" "a mental case"
|Related terms:||adult type|
|6.||[ noun ] a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability|
"requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
|Related terms:||recommendation qualify|
|7.||[ noun ] good repute|
"he is a man of character"
|8.||[ verb ] engrave or inscribe characters on|
|9.||[ noun ] a written symbol that is used to represent speech|
"the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
|Related terms:||written_symbol letter type space asterisk capital phonetic_symbol rune small_letter percent_sign check_character ASCII_character subscript dagger double_dagger mathematical_symbol monogram pictograph ideogram radical superscript ligature stenograph allograph|