noun Grammar.

the singular number.
a form in the singular.

Origin of singular

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word singulāris. See single, -ar1
Related formssin·gu·lar·ly, adverbsin·gu·lar·ness, nounsu·per·sin·gu·lar, adjectiveun·sin·gu·lar, adjectiveun·sin·gu·lar·ly, adverbun·sin·gu·lar·ness, noun
Can be confusedsingle singular

Synonyms for singular

Antonyms for singular

1. usual. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for singularly



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 singularly

late 14c., "exclusively, alone, solely; uniquely; individually; in an unusual way, especially," from singular + -ly (2).



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.

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Culture definitions for singularly


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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