Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Personal allusions or references.
  • n.pl. Personal belongings or affairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. All the personal allusions, belongings, writings, information of an individual.

Etymologies

Latin persōnālia, neuter pl. of persōnālis, relating to a person; see personality.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I do think she overgeneralizes Stevens's reference to the "scholar, separately dwelling," who "Poured forth the fine fins, the gawky beaks, the personalia,/Which, as a man feeling everything, were his" to mean the academic scholar of the sort we find in American universities.

    Literary Study

  • Someone at Pegasus should have alerted Larson to such excesses and urged him to stick with facts and avoid most if not all his egregious personalia.

    Thomas Larson's 'The Saddest Music Ever Written,' reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • Jon SudbàƒÆ'à‚ⶠhas had articles published in the Lancet in which complete lists of patients with their names and personalia included in his research was and are completely a fabrication of his own from A to Z information taken from the Danish Television News .

    San Francisco Chronicle Op Ed: The Unholy Lust of Scientists « Climate Audit

  • I think that it's because, while the name and location and other identifying personalia on a blog are kept quiet, the voice - funny, clever, nice - IS really you.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • In spite of the total lack of personalia and in spite of normal-sized beds, it was clear that they had commandeered the nursery.

    Murder to Go

  • If the old lady had not been restored to her fortune, her _personalia_ would have remained in the oblivion which, as one might say, had accumulated upon everything belonging to her.

    Balcony Stories

  • One of the most outstanding activities of the Battalion was the production of a periodical which combined a considerable high level of artistic and literary excellence with a racy narrative of Battalion news and _personalia_.

    The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) Record of War Service, 1914-1918

  • The most interesting part of the book is that which is devoted to personalia.

    The Art of Letters

  • But even in the matter of personalia Mr. Cunninghame Graham tells us more vital things in a page of his introduction than Mr. Compton-Rickett scatters through a chapter.

    The Art of Letters

  • One reason for this lack of _personalia_ about a man who had a most vigorous personality is due to his dying request.

    Stories of Authors, British and American

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