singular

adjective
sin·​gu·​lar | \ ˈsiŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce singular (audio) \

Definition of singular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to a separate person or thing : individual
b : of, relating to, or being a word form denoting one person, thing, or instance a singular noun
c : of or relating to a single instance or to something considered by itself
2 : distinguished by superiority : exceptional an artist of singular attainments
3 : being out of the ordinary : unusual on the way home we had a singular adventure
4 : departing from general usage or expectation : peculiar, odd the air had a singular chill
5a of a matrix : having a determinant equal to zero
b of a linear transformation : having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero

singular

noun

Definition of singular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the singular number, the inflectional form denoting it, or a word in that form
2 : a singular term

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Adjective

singularly adverb

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Adjective

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable. a journey filled with strange sights singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness. a singular feeling of impending disaster unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel. a career unique in the annals of science peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness. the peculiar status of America's first lady eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior. the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating. a friend's suddenly erratic behavior odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected. an odd sense of humor quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness. a quaint fishing village outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric. outlandish fashions of the time

Examples of singular in a Sentence

Adjective In the phrase “his car is red,” the word “car” is a singular noun. He had a singular appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The war, after all, was a singular horror, and the Bright Young Things were products of the Teens. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 According to the government mandate, the office of the prime minister in Lesotho has a singular mission. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "A murder scandal, Lesotho’s prime minister, his wife and an African lesson on the rule of law," 5 Mar. 2020 But the art-fair model plays a singular, outsize role, bleeding the small and mid-size galleries dry. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "The High Cost of Art Fairs," 3 Mar. 2020 Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that the Social Security Administration and the Office of Special Counsel inside the Justice Department each have singular heads fireable only for cause. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Divided Supreme Court debates constitutionality of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," 3 Mar. 2020 General Marshall delivered his remarks at West Point in a singular context. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 Its singular chopping blade works like a breeze and purees with ease. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 6 Best Food Processors of 2020," 2 Mar. 2020 Louisville Courier Journal LEXINGTON — There was no singular offensive hero for Kentucky on Saturday. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Defense wins (SEC) championships: Kentucky thrives on stopping Auburn in Saturday's win," 1 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg's ejection fraction, a percentage figure that measures how much blood the left ventricle pumps with each singular contraction, was measured at 60%-65%, The normal rate is between 50%-75%, according to the American Heart Association. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Bloomberg releases new heart-related medical information and calls on Bernie Sanders to follow suit," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of singular

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for singular

Adjective

Middle English singuler, from Anglo-French, from Latin singularis, from singulus only one — more at single

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The first known use of singular was in the 14th century

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20 Mar 2020

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“Singular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singular. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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singular

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of singular

grammar : showing or indicating no more than one thing
formal : better or greater than what is usual or normal
literary : strange or odd

singular

adjective
sin·​gu·​lar | \ ˈsiŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce singular (audio) \

Kids Definition of singular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a word form used to show not more than one person or thing The singular form of “calves” is “calf.”
2 : superior entry 1 sense 2, exceptional He showed singular poise.
3 : of unusual quality We had a singular experience.
4 : strange sense 2, odd A wind was rising and making a singular, wild, low, rushing sound.— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

singular

noun

Kids Definition of singular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a form of a word used to show that only one person or thing is meant

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