The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. See Synonyms at disposition. A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. See Synonyms at quality. Genetics A structure, function, or attribute determined by a gene or group of genes. Moral or ethical strength. A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities. A formal written statement as to competency and dependability, given by an employer to a former employee; a recommendation. Public estimation of someone; reputation: personal attacks that damaged her character. Status or role; capacity: in his character as the father. A notable or well-known person; a personage. A person, especially one who is peculiar or eccentric: a shady character; catcalls from some character in the back row. A person portrayed in an artistic piece, such as a drama or novel. Characterization in fiction or drama: a script that is weak in plot but strong in character. A mark or symbol used in a writing system. Computer Science One of a set of symbols, such as letters or numbers, that are arranged to express information. Computer Science The numerical code representing such a character. A style of printing or writing. A symbol used in secret writing; a cipher or code. Of or relating to one's character. Specializing in the interpretation of often minor roles that emphasize fixed personality traits or specific physical characteristics: a character actor. Of or relating to the interpretation of such roles by an actor: the character part of the hero's devoted mother. Dedicated to the portrayal of a person with regard to distinguishing psychological or physical features: a character sketch. Law Of or relating to a person who gives testimony as to the moral and ethical reputation or behavior of one engaged in a lawsuit: a character witness. Archaic To write, print, engrave, or inscribe. Archaic To portray or describe. in character Consistent with someone's general character or behavior: behavior that was totally in character.