from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A study, often using statistics, that identifies and draws relationships between various characters or people within a specific historical, social, or literary context: "an authentic tour de force of historical writing: part intellectual history, part cultural history, part prosopography” ( Josiah Bunting III).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
Greek prosōpon, character (pros-, pros- + ōps, ōp-, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots) + -graphy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin prosōpographia ("description of a person’s appearance”, “description of an individual’s life"), from the Ancient Greek πρόσωπον (prosōpon, "face”, “person") + -γρᾰφῐ́ᾱ (-graphiā, "-writing”, “-drawing"). See also prosopon. (Wiktionary)