Learner's definition of CHARACTER
1 [count] : the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves : someone's personality — usually singular
— often used before another noun
He rarely shows his true character—that of a kind and sensitive person.
This is a side of her character that few people have seen.
the different aspects/facets of her character
Certain character traits are helpful in the teaching profession.
Pride, his one character flaw, caused his downfall.
2 [count] : a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc. — usually singular
the character of the American people
the character of a nation
the French/Japanese/Mexican national character
3 a : a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things
b [noncount] : the qualities or characteristics that make something interesting or special
◊ If something is in character with something else, it has the same qualities or characteristics as something else.
4 [count] : a person who appears in a story, book, play, movie, or television show
The film's main characters are a woman in her late 30s and her elderly neighbor.
She plays the film's lead/main/central character.
a fictional character [=a character in a work of fiction]
a popular cartoon character
the title character of the book Tom Sawyer [=the character named Tom Sawyer]
— see also cast of characters at 2cast
5 a : a particular type of person b : a person who says or does funny or unusual things
6 a : the good qualities of a person that usually include moral or emotional strength, honesty, and fairness
She's a kind and honest person of good character.
They believe that going to church will improve the moral character of their children.
He is admired for his strength of character in stressful situations.
Playing sports is seen as a way to build character in young people. = Playing sports is seen as character-building for young people.
b : the usually good beliefs or opinions that most people have about a particular person
◊ A test of (your) character is something that is difficult and that requires you to show that you are a good and emotionally strong person.
7 [count] : a symbol (such as a letter or number) that is used in writing or printing
in character, out of character
— used to say that some action or behavior is or is not like someone's usual way of behaving