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 True sustainability within any relationship means that everyone is given space to express themselves and assert their individuality. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for September 13, 2020," 13 Sep. 2020 Borg members have lost their separation from each other and hence their individuality. John Horgan, Scientific American, "How Do I Know I'm Not the Only Conscious Being in the Universe?," 11 Sep. 2020 The program offers an all-day virtual school, allowing each student to connect individuality to their elementary school classroom. Brett Shweky,, "Fuller Center welcomes back 175 children to campuses," 4 Sep. 2020 Boseman’s individuality was subordinated to the usefulness of a political identity. Armond White, National Review, "The Usable Enigma of Chadwick Boseman," 2 Sep. 2020 The result is a delightful tale that encourages kids to embrace their individuality — and celebrates the bond between father and daughter. Sam Gillette,, "Channing Tatum Dedicates First Children's Book to Daughter Everly: 'You Are My Greatest Teacher'," 31 Aug. 2020 Think about the billions of Black people, White people, Asians in the world and the labels that get attached to us, but don’t do a lot to recognize our individuality or our common bonds or our cultural values. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "Kamala Harris forces us to look beyond Black and White," 14 Aug. 2020 But even shot from behind, Bereal’s subjects reveal their individuality—a do-rag here, an expressive pose there. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Black Yearbook," 4 Aug. 2020 This individuality is one of the soldiers’ more remarkable qualities: All figures found thus far boast distinct expressions, hairstyles and physical features. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Excavate 200 More Chinese Terracotta Warriors," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of individuality

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Individuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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