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 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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While the large amount of unison movement is rivetingly crisp, the individuality of each dancer is sacredly clear. Janine Parker,, "At Jacob’s Pillow, lush wonders from A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham," 1 Aug. 2019 But the concrete catwalk has become more than just a platform for athletes to express their individuality before changing into their work uniforms. Alex Prewitt,, "How Athletes Are Turning Arena Entrances into Fashion Shows," 22 July 2019 People erected mounds on a massive scale, accenting the individuality of people, accenting the role of men, accenting weapons. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 But the best kinds of pop groups know how to keep the group intact while also letting the individuality of its members shine through as well. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "CLC Talk the Self-Empowerment of New Single 'Me' & Continuing Their 2019 Hot Streak," 11 June 2019 Whatever kind of propaganda medium the Committee promoted would need to preserve the individuality of American citizens. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 His vision of a world of peaceful nations, content with their lot and respectful of each other’s individuality, is in many ways an attractive one. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 Urban Decay's latest project, a new campaign called Pretty Different, is an extension of this ethos, and further represents what the brand is all about: celebrating individuality and having pure, unapologetic fun with makeup. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Urban Decay’s New “Pretty Different” Campaign Stars Lizzo, Ezra Miller, and More," 27 June 2019 Winning the top-player prize provided the pink-haired captain renowned for her individuality and activism with a platform for both after the Americans completed their title defense with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Rob Harris,, "Megan Rapinoe winning in all facets of game," 7 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce individuality (audio) \

Kids Definition of individuality

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

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