having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.

Verb Phrases

take apart,
  1. to disassemble: to take a clock apart.
  2. Informal.to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
  3. to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.


    apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.

Origin of apart

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French a part to one side. See a-5, part
Related formsa·part·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for apartness

Historical Examples of apartness

  • At the time it emphasized the majesty of Solomon—his apartness from his people.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

  • He told himself this calmly, with an odd sense of apartness.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives

  • Their apartness that so dislocated the upper, outer, surface-life was only apparent after all.

    The Promise of Air

    Algernon Blackwood

  • But Browning makes Nature manifest her apartness from the man.

  • Browning does not stand alone among the poets in the apartness from his own land of which I have written.

British Dictionary definitions for apartness


adjective, adverb (postpositive)

to pieces or in pieceshe had the television apart on the floor
placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
separate in time, place, or position; at a distancehe stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
not being taken into account; asidethese difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
individual; distinct; separatea race apart
separately or independently in use, thought, or functionconsidered apart, his reasoning was faulty
apart from (preposition) besides; other than

Word Origin for apart

C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Word Origin and History for apartness



late 14c., from Old French à part "to the side," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + partem, accusative of pars "a side" (see part (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with apartness


In addition to the idiom beginning with apart

  • apart from

also see:

  • come apart
  • fall apart
  • pick apart
  • poles apart
  • set apart
  • take apart
  • tear apart
  • tell apart
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