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Personalia

[pur-sə-NEY-lee-ə]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: North America, mid 19th century

1.

Personal allusions, belongings, writings, information, etc.

Examples of Personalia in a sentence

"The Edgar Allan Poe House contains many of his personalia."

"Robert had to make many treks back to his childhood home to collect all of his personalia."

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About Personalia

Personalia developed from the classical Latin word "personālia" (personal); however, its first use in this context was found in the magazine "The North American Review" in the mid-19th century.

Did you Know?

Pop artist Andy Warhol was obsessed with keeping all the miscellaneous objects of his life. He kept "time capsules" filled with notes, receipts, letters, toys, coins, anything and everything. These collections of personalia can be seen on display at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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