individuality

noun

in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​i·​ty ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce individuality (audio)
plural individualities
1
a
: total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others
2
: separate or distinct existence
3
4
archaic : the quality or state of being indivisible

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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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of individuality was in 1600

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“Individuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/individuality. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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individuality

noun
in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​i·​ty ˌin-də-ˌvij-ə-ˈwal-ət-ē How to pronounce individuality (audio)
plural individualities
1
: the qualities that make one person or thing different from all others
2
: the quality or state of being an individual

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