Pronunciation: (pûr'su-nl),[key] —adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private: a personal opinion. 2. relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one's personal life; a letter marked “Personal.” 3. intended for use by one person: a personal car. 4. referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.: personal remarks. 5. making personal remarks or attacks: to become personal in a dispute. 6. done, carried out, held, etc., in person: a personal interview. 7. pertaining to or characteristic of a person or self-conscious being: That is my personal belief. 8. of the nature of an individual rational being.
9. pertaining to the body, clothing, or appearance: personal cleanliness. 10. provided for one's discretionary use: Employees are allowed 15 vacation days and two personal days. 11. Gram. a. noting person: In Latin portō “I carry,” -ō is a personal ending. b. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the personal pronoun.
12. Law.of or pertaining to personal property: personal interests.
—n. Journalism. a. a short news paragraph in a newspaper concerning a particular person, as one who is socially prominent, or a group of particular persons who are socially prominent.
b. a brief, private notice in a newspaper or magazine, often addressed to a particular person and typically bearing an abbreviated salutation and signature to preserve its confidentiality, usually printed in a special part of the classified advertising section.
c. a similar notice placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.
d. Usually, personals. a column, page, or section of a newspaper, magazine, etc., featuring such notices or items.