Etymology
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personage (n.)

mid-15c., "body of a person" (with regard to appearance), also "notable person, a man or woman of high rank or distinction," from Old French personage "size, stature," also "a dignitary" (13c.), from Medieval Latin personaticum (11c.), from Latin persona (see person). As a longer way to say person, the word was in use from 1550s (but often slyly ironical, with suggestion that the subject is overly self-important).

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Definitions of personage

personage (n.)
another word for person; a person not meriting identification;
a strange personage appeared at the door
personage (n.)
a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events;
Synonyms: important person / influential person
From wordnet.princeton.edu