sui generis

[ soo-i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee ]
/ ˈsʊ ɪ ˈgɛ nɛ rɪs; English ˈsu aɪ ˈdʒɛn ər ɪs, ˈsu i /

adjective Latin.

of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.

Nearby words

  1. suggillation,
  2. sugh,
  3. sugi,
  4. suharto,
  5. sui,
  6. sui juris,
  7. suicidal,
  8. suicide,
  9. suicide bomber,
  10. suicide clause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sui generis

sui generis

/ (ˌsuːaɪ ˈdʒɛnərɪs) /



Word Origin for sui generis

Latin, literally: of its own kind

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Word Origin and History for sui generis

sui generis

1787, Latin, literally "of one's own kind, peculiar." First element from sui, genitive of suus "his, her, its, one's," from Old Latin sovos, from PIE root *swe-, pronoun of the third person (see idiom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for sui generis

sui generis

[ (sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris) ]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

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