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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Unlike the idealized depictions in many court paintings, posthumous portraits for use in ancestor worship strive for individuality. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City’ Review: Searching for Stories of Power," 28 Aug. 2018 Where canal houses are concerned, both uniformity and individuality are part of the equation. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 In other words, Hanukkah is about both Jewish survival and Jewish individuality: a celebration of Jews’ refusal to surrender their identity and values. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh," 29 Nov. 2018 When Brittany and Natasha prank Jordan's stylist into cutting off all of his hair, Jordan sees it as a step toward individuality. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "The 20 Best Disney Channel Movies of All Time," 30 July 2018 The stage picture kept offsetting separate activities; human individuality seems a Madboots theme. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "For Gay Pride, Dark Dances of Mystery, Anguish and Desire," 26 June 2018 Their company is all about individuality, believing in oneself. Cam Wolf, GQ, "SuperFly's Trevor Jackson on Tan Vans, His Favorite Affordable Jeans, and the Deodorant His Grandma Buys for Him," 13 June 2018 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

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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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