in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwa-lə-tē \
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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The end of the hat ban may be the first indication—the first drops of water from that big blue wave!—that will soon wash over Washington, a welcome celebration of our individuality and our diversity. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be the First Muslim Woman to Wear a Hijab in Congress Tomorrow," 2 Jan. 2019 Also included is a three-year subscription to the AI Cloud Plan 2, which updates each Aibo's personality, allowing for each robot dog to have their own individuality, growing and evolving over time. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Sony is finally bringing its robot dog to the US – but there's a catch," 24 Aug. 2018 But the sheer individuality of our microbiomes also presents a challenge. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 Monáe respected the individuality of every performance,though, and even found some inspiration for her own work. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Janelle Monáe Had the Best Reactions to Fans Covering Her Songs," 9 Nov. 2018 And as much as making a bag that lasts matters to them, the founders still understand that this new generation of travelers (and likely those who come after) want a brand that gives them the freedom to express their individuality. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018 These could be textiles, sculptures, or paintings, each helping to foster individuality. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The senator's choice was another that showed his trademark individuality. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 The senator’s choice was another that showed his trademark individuality. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 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 \

Kids Definition of individuality

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

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