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 : separate or distinct existence
4 archaic : the quality or state of being indivisible

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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
Recent Examples on the Web There, individuality was not a marker of taste or even charm. Ari Marcopoulos; Styling By Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 July 2021 Let your true self shine through, and show your individuality. Karina Michel Feld, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 Her spaces are mature and timeless, but also eclectic, bringing a sense of individuality to each room with the furniture, art and accessories. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 And really, isn’t that sense of individuality the key to French girl style, anyway? Jessica Defin, Vogue, 14 July 2021 The brand’s first-ever Pride collection, which launched on Tuesday and was designed to celebrate the individuality and beauty within the LGBTQIA+ community. Eliza Huber,, 1 June 2021 Stasik wants her clients to express their individuality and feel comfortable taking risks. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2021 Characters wrestle with questions about responsibility and independence, about holding on to a sense of individuality while still wanting to be a part of the whole. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 July 2021 Stakhanovism’s essence was a new form of individuality, of self-involvement in work. Bogdan Costea, Quartz, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of individuality

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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18 Sep 2021

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“Individuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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