- a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
- a person: a strange individual.
- a distinct, indivisible entity; a single thing, being, instance, or item.
- a group considered as a unit.
- a single organism capable of independent existence.
- a member of a compound organism or colony.
- Cards. a duplicate-bridge tournament in which each player plays the same number of hands in partnership with every other player, individual scores for each player being kept for each hand.
- single; particular; separate: to number individual copies of a limited edition.
- intended for the use of one person only: to serve individual portions of a pizza.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular person or thing: individual tastes.
- distinguished by special, singular, or markedly personal characteristics; exhibiting unique or unusual qualities: a highly individual style of painting.
- existing as a distinct, indivisible entity, or considered as such; discrete: individual parts of a tea set.
- of which each is different or of a different design from the others: a set of individual coffee cups.
Origin of individual
Related Words for individualrespective, singular, personal, sole, lone, specific, single, separate, particular, original, special, woman, entity, person, child, party, man, solitary, express, characteristic
Examples from the Web for individual
Contemporary Examples of individual
Can they determine that individual citizens should not have access to rights provided by the Constitution?The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
For anything to work, including law itself, there must be ample room for individual responsibility.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
And the hope is that if you can change their individual lives, it will have an impact on their families.
Schools are extremely important to create the possibility for individual lives to be better.
For the individual patient, there is the potential for side effects or adverse reactions.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of individual
Only an individual here and there sees that freedom and domination must belong to us.
Time after time He comes to the individual's relief according to His own law.
It is individual ardour alone that can combine into larger flame.Weighed and Wanting
Her one art was histrionics of the kind that made an individual appeal.Within the Law
But the interference must be regulated by some theory of the individual's rights.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- of, relating to, characteristic of, or meant for a single person or thing
- separate or distinct, esp from others of its kind; particularplease mark the individual pages
- characterized by unusual and striking qualities; distinctive
- obsolete indivisible; inseparable
- a single person, esp when regarded as distinct from others
- a single animal or plant, esp as distinct from a species
- a single member of a compound organism or colony
- Also called: particularan object as opposed to a property or class
- an element of the domain of discourse of a theory
Word Origin for individual
early 15c., "one and indivisible" (with reference to the Trinity), from Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuus "indivisible," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + dividuus "divisible," from dividere "divide" (see divide). Not common before c.1600 and the 15c. usage might be isolated. Sense of "single, separate" is 1610s; meaning "intended for one person" is from 1889.
"single object or thing," c.1600, from individual (adj.). Colloquial sense of "person" is attested from 1742. Latin individuum meant "an atom, indivisible particle;" in Middle English individuum was used in sense of "individual member of a species" from early 15c.