en·​ti·​ty ˈen-tə-tē How to pronounce entity (audio)
plural entities
: being, existence
especially : independent, separate, or self-contained existence
: the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes
: something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality
: an organization (such 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
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Word History


Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of entity was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Entity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entity. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​ti·​ty ˈent-ət-ē How to pronounce entity (audio)
plural entities
: something existing or thought of as existing as a separate and independent thing

Medical Definition


en·​ti·​ty ˈen(t)-ət-ē How to pronounce entity (audio)
plural entities
: 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 debatedYear Book of Medicine

Legal Definition


en·​ti·​ty ˈen-ti-tē How to pronounce entity (audio)
plural entities
: an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has a legal identity which is separate from those of its members see also alter ego, instrumentality, juridical person, legal person, pierce

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