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

Example Sentences

She uses her clothing to express her individuality. materials that highlight the individuality of each piece in the collection
Recent Examples on the Web During the Festival of Faith sessions over three days, participants take part in storytelling activities that highlight individuality, while establishing a common bond with the rest of the group. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 15 Nov. 2022 The real action begins in the 20th century, when stylistic individuality eclipsed received convention, just as women began to compose more plentifully and with greater recognition. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 The values that are most important—and ones which progressives are most inclined to honor—are those which empower the greatest range of people to self-expression with the greatest possible individuality. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2022 Chello’s sharp individuality immediately stood out to Cabello. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 Still as Link Deas bring as much individuality to characters on the right side of history as Collins’ Bob Ewell and Stucki’s Mayella bring to those on the wrong side. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 Emotions and individuality may be expressed through creativity at the moment. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 6 Oct. 2022 Employees want to be recognized for their individuality—both their skills and their barriers—while companies are contending with an increasing demand for knowledge workers. Joey Price, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 During lockdown, many young people turned to DIY fashion as an outlet for their individuality. Vogue, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Individuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/individuality. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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