in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce individuality (audio) \
plural individualities

Definition of individuality

1a : total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others
2 archaic : the quality or state of being indivisible
3 : separate or distinct existence

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Examples of individuality in a Sentence

She uses her clothing to express her individuality. materials that highlight the individuality of each piece in the collection

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Winning the top-player prize provided the pink-haired captain renowned for her individuality and activism with a platform for both after the Americans completed their title defense with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Rob Harris,, "Megan Rapinoe winning in all facets of game," 7 July 2019 Winning the Golden Boot provided the pink-haired player renowned for her individuality and activism with a platform for both after the 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Rob Harris,, "‘A little public shame never hurt anyone’: Chants of ‘equal pay’ break out after US women win World Cup," 7 July 2019 What makes for interesting fashion is uniqueness and individuality. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019 Antaki sees these shops as bulwarks of individuality and diversity in a world increasingly dominated by international retail chains. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Shopkeepers Around the World, Photographed With Their Wares," 24 June 2019 Vintage clothing, which speaks to our current collective interests in sustainability and individuality, is becoming big business—and not only in the womenswear arena. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Walter Van Beirendonck Teams Up with House of Liza and FarFetch to Sell Special Archive Pieces," 21 June 2019 Indeed, with his nonchalant display of wit, poise, and indifference that aimed to astonish rather than to please, Brummell created not only the modern concept of individuality but celebrity. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 The rainbow is a symbol that Colorado is a welcoming place where individuality is respected and everyone is free to be their true selves. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Gay pride flag on display at Colorado Capitol as Denver PrideFest weekend kicks off," 14 June 2019 Why do the menu’s attempts at individuality fall so flat? Soleil Ho,, "The Vault, San Francisco’s new Financial District blockbuster, comes up empty," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of individuality

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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English Language Learners Definition of individuality

: the quality that makes one person or thing different from all others


in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce individuality (audio) \

Kids Definition of individuality

: the qualities that make one person or thing different from all others

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