previous next

character sb. (in R3 III. i. 81 “chara'cter,” as often in 16th-17th cent.; the foll. uses are not pre-S.)
1. in collective sing. used=writing, printing Tim. V. iii. 6 “the character I'll take with wax,” Sonn. lix. 8 “Since mine at first in character was done.”
2. handwriting Meas. IV. ii. 208, Tw.N. V. i. 358, Wint. V. ii. 39, Ham. IV. vii. 51 “Know you the hand?—'Tis Hamlet's character.”
3. cipher for secret correspondence (fig.) Meas. I. i. 27* “There is a kind of character in thy life.”
4. face or features as betokening moral qualities Tw.N. I. ii. 49, Cor. II. i. 72, V. iv. 29 “I paint him in the character.”
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide References (6 total)
  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (6):
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, lix
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: