1the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual:running away was not in keeping with her character the distinctive nature of something:gas lamps give the area its character [mass noun] the quality of being individual in an interesting or unusual way:the island is full of character [mass noun] strength and originality in a person’s nature:she had character as well as beauty a person’s good reputation:to what do I owe this attack on my character? dated a written statement of someone’s good qualities; a testimonial: you are dismissed without a character 2a person in a novel, play, or film: the author’s compassionate identification with his characters a part played by an actor: the actor’s TV character is often on the wrong side of the law [with adjective] a person seen in terms of a particular aspect of character:he was a larger-than-life character shady characters informal an unusual or amusing person:she’s a right character with a will of her own 3a printed or written letter or symbol. Computing a symbol representing a letter or number.
chiefly Biology a characteristic, especially one that assists in the identification of a species.
inscribe or write (something). describe:you have well charactered him