Definition of individuality in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌindəˌvijo͞oˈalədē/


1The quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked: clothes with real style and individuality
More example sentences
  • Men gave up their individuality and personal freedom to fit into what they believed their women wanted.
  • At 12 weeks, activity has become vigorous and behaviour shows distinct individuality.
  • The best wines of this region can truly stand alone in quality and individuality.
distinctiveness, distinction, uniqueness, originality, singularity, particularity, peculiarity, differentness, separateness;
personality, character, identity, self, ego
1.1 (individualities) Individual characteristics.
Example sentences
  • Despite lyrical individualities, a common thread amongst the featured artists is a conception of hip hop as not only entertainment, but also education.
  • Thus, we learn to decipher the individualities of our co-workers and make the best that we can.
  • In the place of traditional images of women - the devoted wife, caring mother, and cantankerous lover - we are now offered new individualities.
2Separate existence: anything but individuality, anything but aloneness
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  • In fact, we learn our patterns of togetherness and individuality in our families of origin.
  • Since we cannot return to our former innocence, people should be forced to submerge their individuality in collective life.
  • Conversely, as we zoom out from a multiplex entity, the particles lose their individuality and the entity becomes a mass.


Early 17th century: in early use from medieval Latin individualitas.

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Syllabification: in·di·vid·u·al·i·ty

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