Definition of singular in English:

singular

Syllabification: sin·gu·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGgyələr
 
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adjective

  • 2 Grammar (Of a word or form) denoting or referring to just one person or thing.
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    • In American English, collective nouns usually take a singular verb.
    • There are other singular words for classes or units of people.
    • ‘Please inform the writers that the names of teams take the singular verb,’ he says.
  • 3Single; unique: she always thought of herself as singular, as his only daughter
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    • And because of this singular fact, every single published estimate of Social Security income and outgo is just plain wrong.
    • Is it now official Republican theology that tax breaks are the singular solution to every single problem there is?
    • Out of this dichotomous set of associations has emerged a constellation of forces, ideas, images and experiences which have defined both the city and rural zones in unique and singular ways.

noun

(usually the singular) Grammar Back to top  
  • The singular form of a word: the first person singular
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    • This difference between the two constructions follows from the fact that bare plurals, but not indefinite singulars, are acceptable topics.
    • It will be noted that singulars far outnumber plurals, also that the cherished object is overwhelmingly associated with a speech act participant (mainly the addressee) rather than with a third party.
    • Keep up the good work, and watch out for collective singulars!

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'solitary, single', also 'beyond the average'): from Old French singuler, from Latin singularis, from singulus (see single).

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