[ sing-gyuh-ler ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gyə lər /


noun Grammar.

the singular number.
a form in the singular.

Nearby words

  1. singletree,
  2. singlish,
  3. singly,
  4. singsong,
  5. singspiel,
  6. singular point,
  7. singularity,
  8. singularize,
  9. singularly,
  10. singulary

Origin of singular

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word singulāris. See single, -ar1

Related forms
Can be confusedsingle singular Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for singular

British Dictionary definitions for singular


/ (ˈsɪŋɡjʊlə) /


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


  1. the singular number
  2. a singular form of a word
Derived Formssingularly, adverbsingularness, noun

Word Origin for singular

C14: from Latin singulāris single

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for singular


In nouns, pronouns, and verbs, the grammatical form that refers to only one thing. In the following sentence, the singular words are italicized: “The police officer stops anyone who crosses before the light changes.” (Compare plural; see agreement.)

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