[ in-duh-vij-oo-uh l ]
/ ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl /
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.
Words nearby individual
Origin of individual
OTHER WORDS FROM individual
in·ter·in·di·vid·u·al, adjectivenon·in·di·vid·u·al, adjectivesu·per·in·di·vid·u·al, adjective, nounsu·per·in·di·vid·u·al·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH individualindividual party person (see usage note at the current entry) (see synonym study at person)
synonym study for individual
2. See person.
usage note for individual
1, 2. As a synonym for person, individual is standard, occurring in all varieties of speech and writing: Three individuals entered the room, each carrying a sheaf of papers. Some object to this use, insisting that individual can mean only “a single human being, as distinguished from a group”: An individual may have concerns that are ignored by his or her party.
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British Dictionary definitions for individual's
/ (ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəl) /
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: particular an object as opposed to a property or class
- an element of the domain of discourse of a theory
Derived forms of individualindividually, adverb
Word Origin for individual
C15: from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus indivisible, from in- 1 + dīviduus divisible, from dīvidere to divide
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