- extraordinary; remarkable; exceptional: a singular success.
- unusual or strange; odd; different: singular behavior.
- being the only one of its kind; distinctive; unique: a singular example.
- separate; individual.
- Grammar. noting or pertaining to a member of the category of number found in many languages that indicates that a word form has one referent or denotes one person, place, thing, or instance, as English boy and thing, which are singular nouns, or goes, a singular form of the verb go.Compare dual(def 4), plural(def 4).
- of or relating to something individual, specific, or not general.
- (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”
- of or relating to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
- of or relating to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
- Obsolete. private.
- Obsolete. single.
- the singular number.
- a form in the singular.
Origin of singular
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Antonyms for singular
Related Words for singularunusual, rare, remarkable, exceptional, strange, uncommon, unprecedented, unimaginable, extraordinary, unparalleled, bizarre, peculiar, unique, particular, eccentric, loner, avant-garde, queer, weird, original
Examples from the Web for singular
Contemporary Examples of singular
From this attitude he draws a singular comic and literary power.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Her single and singular goal in every case is to pursue justice as determined by the law.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
The singular author Don Carpenter took his own life in 1995.Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving
Louis B. Jones
July 14, 2014
The entire city can seem like a singular monument to his decades in office.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
Eastwood is a singular screen presence, and he can be electrifying in the right role.‘Jersey Boys’ Proves Clint Eastwood is Hollywood’s Most Overrated Director
June 20, 2014
Historical Examples of singular
It is a record of singular variety and singular distinction.
He had a singular feeling that someone had been looking at him while he slept.Way of the Lawless
As a matter of fact, we do find a singular satisfaction in the troubles of others.Within the Law
In grammar it is a pronoun of the first person and singular number.The Devil's Dictionary
The address was written in a singular hand; in large, print-looking letters.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- remarkable; exceptional; extraordinarya singular feat
- unusual; odda singular character
- denoting a word or an inflected form of a word indicating that not more than one referent is being referred to or described
- logic of or referring to a specific thing or person as opposed to something general
- the singular number
- a singular form of a word
Word Origin for singular
Word Origin and History for singular
mid-14c., "alone, apart; being a unit; special, unsurpassed," from Old French singuler "personal particular; distinctive; singular in number" (12c., Modern French singulier) or directly from Latin singularis "single, solitary, one by one, one at a time; peculiar, remarkable," from singulus (see single (adj.)). Meaning "remarkably good, unusual, rare, separated from others (by excellence), uncommon" is from c.1400 in English; this also was a common meaning of Latin singularis.