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  1. extraordinary; remarkable; exceptional: a singular success.
  2. unusual or strange; odd; different: singular behavior.
  3. being the only one of its kind; distinctive; unique: a singular example.
  4. separate; individual.
  5. 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).
  6. Logic.
    1. of or relating to something individual, specific, or not general.
    2. (of a proposition) containing no quantifiers, as “Socrates was mortal.”
  7. Mathematics.
    1. of or relating to a linear transformation from a vector space to itself that is not one-to-one.
    2. of or relating to a matrix having a determinant equal to zero.
  8. Obsolete. private.
  9. Obsolete. single.
noun Grammar.
  1. the singular number.
  2. 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

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Antonyms for singular

1. usual. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for singularly


  1. remarkable; exceptional; extraordinarya singular feat
  2. unusual; odda singular character
  3. unique
  4. denoting a word or an inflected form of a word indicating that not more than one referent is being referred to or described
  5. logic of or referring to a specific thing or person as opposed to something general
  1. grammar
    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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

singularly in Culture


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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