Definition of entity
2 : something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality
3 : an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members
Examples of entity in a sentence
One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity.
<the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity>
Origin and Etymology of entity
Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is
First Known Use: 1596
ENTITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of entity for English Language Learners
: something that exists by itself : something that is separate from other things
Medical Definition of entity
: something (as a disease or condition) that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality <whether the common cold is an entity has been debated—Year Book of Medicine>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up entity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).