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 Woolson also fears losing individuality and character in the community. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor's Treasure Mart to close permanently in August," 17 June 2020 According to Alessandra Wood, design historian and vice president of style at online interior designer service Modsy, bold tile is a way to assert your individuality in your home. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "Bold, Colorful Tile Is Everywhere Right Now: Here's How to Get the Look," 11 June 2020 Charles’s defiance proudly flaunts the individuality and humanity that racist systems ignore. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Defund the Police Gets Its Anthem," 9 June 2020 In recent years more individuality has been creeping into public remembrance. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 In that discussion, students can show the autonomy, individuality and initiative that allows them to negotiate relationships in a healthy way, Priest said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Home from college and bumping heads with parents? Here's how you can get along," 4 May 2020 It’s more about individuality and personality and who the designer is themselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anna Wintour turns teacher, job coach in online MasterClass," 27 Sep. 2019 His shocking displays of a fluid individuality pushed the boundaries of acceptable public behavior until there was no boundary at all. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The End of History and ‘The Last Dance’," 2 May 2020 According to Beauty Papers, the inspiration for this shoot comes from the lack of individuality in the world today. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Harry Styles Wears a Full Face of Makeup for New Beauty Papers Magazine Cover," 17 Mar. 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of individuality

: the quality that makes one person or thing different from all others


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

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