I sometimes consult the site Советская Россия - Свод персоналий at http://www.proza.ru/avtor/igorjan. But I cannot find персоналия in any dictionary. What is its exact meaning? Is it an equivalent of 'persons' or 'personnel', or more like 'personalities' in English?

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The word персоналия means collection of information about a person:

ПЕРСОНА́ЛИЯ -и; ж. [от лат. personalis - личный]. Материалы (литература, фотографии, документы и т.п.), посвящённые жизни какого-л. известного человека. [Большой толковый словарь русского языка]

Персона́лия. Ж. Раздел в энциклопедии, статья в юбилейном сборнике и т.п., содержащие библиографические данные о ком-либо (обычно ученом, писателе, политическом деятеле и т.п.). [Толковый словарь Ефремовой]

It is borrowed from Latin, where personalia is neuter plural of persōnālis - personal.

It is funny that in Russian the word персоналия is singular and can form a plural itself - персоналии, which means "collection of personalia".

The word персоналия is not a synonym for a персона or персонал. In fact the word personalia is also present in English, where it means "personal belongings" or "biographical data, personal reminiscences, or the like".

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    Russian National Corpus shows only plural usage of the word. And many journalists use it as a synonym for "person" which is incorrect.
    – Artemix
    Nov 12, 2013 at 8:47
  • Here is an article about modern usage of word персоналия: Фигурант и персоналия в языке и речи here the персоналия is also treated as "личное дело".
    – Artemix
    Nov 12, 2013 at 9:19
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    For an exact meaning of any russian word, I recommend slovari.yandex.ru
    – user31264
    Nov 13, 2013 at 1:51
  • @user31264 +1 to your comment. In fact even Wikipedia has an article on персоналия with a compilation of meanings from different dictionaries.
    – Artemix
    Nov 13, 2013 at 7:48

It is person/personality bio/info (Wikipedia) but often it is incorrectly used for person (Wikireality).


The word of персоналия isn't used in single form, only in plural as персоналии. The single form is персона. Yes, it is a person in context of its biography descrption.

  • No, персона is not a single form for персоналии. It is different word.
    – Artemix
    Nov 12, 2013 at 8:57
  • No, the same, there no word of персоналия. Even it is contained in dictionary... Nov 19, 2013 at 11:45

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