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

b : personality

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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Only when high-energy Paul Sobon – the Paul J. of the brand – guides a visitor about the premises does the artistry and individuality of the place become clear. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Pride celebrates individuality and strives to educate people about LGBTQ issues and encourage people to stand up to political powers who seek to oppress it. Bobby Shipman, The Courier-Journal, "Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Check out these great gay bars in Louisville," 6 June 2018 However, even in this time, one little girl wishes for a simpler world in which color, individuality, and human connection are restored. azcentral, "DanceMotion Performing Company presents The Screen," 2 May 2018 This is more about groupthink and breaking through that, and celebrating people's individuality and expression. Fox News, "'Dragon energy': Kanye tweets his support of Trump," 26 Apr. 2018 Scorpios must remember that even in serious relationships, people are entitled to their individuality and emotional autonomy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Worst Relationship Habit," 14 May 2018 The grains hold together while maintaining their toothsome individuality. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 His power always lay in his individuality: his exposure of twisted inner longings, his articulation of the potency of trauma, and his reified faith in the power of interpersonal grace. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 2018 Only white people expect this privilege of individuality. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 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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