Of or relating to a particular person; private: "Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted\u201d ( Elizabeth Janeway). Done, made, or performed in person: a personal appearance. Done to or for or directed toward a particular person: a personal favor. Concerning a particular person and his or her private business, interests, or activities; intimate: I have something personal to tell you. Aimed pointedly at the most intimate aspects of a person, especially in a critical or hostile manner: an uncalled-for, highly personal remark. Tending to make remarks, or be unduly questioning, about another's affairs: As the student debate got heated, it got personal. Of or relating to the body or physical being: personal cleanliness. Relating to or having the nature of a person or self-conscious being: belief in a personal God. Law Relating to a person's movable property: personal possessions. Grammar Indicating grammatical person. A personal item or notice in a newspaper. A column in a newspaper or magazine featuring personal notices.