CharacterIn general, a character is a distinctive significant mark or feature. The word originates from the Greek word χαρακτηρ via the Latin word character, an instrument for marking or graving. The word is used in several specific senses:
- A person's moral predispositions or attitudes; see moral character, Losers in literature.
- A movie released in 1997; see Character (film).
- In Catholicism, a supernatural mark made on a person's soul by some sacraments; see sacramental character.
- A fictional person from a book, play, or other fictional work; see fictional character.
- A grapheme such as a letter, Chinese ideogram, numeral; or punctuation mark. See also Typography.
- In computing, a unit of information in computer storage or communications; see character (computing).
- In mathematics, there are several meanings of the word character, all related to the idea of homomorphisms into the complex numbers. See character (mathematics).