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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Western cultures allow individuality to thrive, while most Asian cultures emphasize group responsibility. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Your behavior in Starbucks may reveal more about you than you think," 25 Apr. 2018 Previously, teenagers dressed like their parents in gray, formal attire, but a new wave of designers and musicians encouraged them to express their individuality and creativity in unprecedented ways., "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 June 2018 For several years, a balance was preserved between commerce and art—or, really, between a standardized production process in search of efficiencies of scale, and creative individuality. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable," 19 May 2018 The collective cry for individuality escalated with every stop on the fashion map. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Beauty From the Fall 2018 Shows," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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