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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Stylist Stella Greenspan selected looks bold in color, shape and texture that embrace the individuality of each subject while highlighting the collective youthful energy of the group. Sara Morosi, WSJ, "Behind the Scenes of WSJ. Magazine’s Young Hollywood Shoot With Cole Sprouse," 14 Jan. 2019 In the ’70s, the punk movement sprang from political and social strife, and its key messages were individuality and freedom above all else. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 Watch the movie online The musical drama, also directed and co-written by Cooper, has a lot of individuality and an unforgettable soundtrack, and has become a pop culture phenomenon in the months since its release. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born Isn't Based on a True Story, But Real-Life People Definitely Inspired It," 22 Feb. 2019 Caught between remembered national identities, confused individuality and the rising claims of marginalized groups, this world is in psychological and political crisis, a turmoil that’s sucking the oxygen out of any larger, shared endeavor. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "‘The Empire and the Five Kings’ Review: The Desert Grows," 12 Feb. 2019 Highlighting people’s individuality led participants to see more humanity in them. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Why it’s so hard to get people to care about mass suffering," 27 Nov. 2018 Everything is so much about individuality right now. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "This French Hair Wizard Wants You to Have a Healthy Scalp," 14 Mar. 2018 This lunation asks us to seek a balance between our feelings for other people and our individuality. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's April Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Mar. 2019 The Western ideal starts from a place of individuality. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Steven Yeun on his new film Burning and his hopes for post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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