Definitions for individualˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•di•vid•u•alˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl(n.)

  1. a single human being, as distinguished from a group.

  2. Ref: person. 1

  3. a distinct, indivisible entity.

  4. (in logic) an object referred to by a name or variable, as distinguished from a property or class.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. (adj.)single; particular; separate.

  6. intended for the use of one person only:

    individual portions.

  7. of or characteristic of a particular person or thing:

    individual tastes.

  8. distinguished by special or singular characteristics:

    individual style.

  9. existing as a distinct entity, or considered as such; discrete:

    individual parts.

Origin of individual:

1375–1425; late ME < ML indīviduālis, der. of L indīvidu(us) indivisible (in-in -3+dīvid(ere) to divide

Princeton's WordNet

  1. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul(noun)

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  2. individual(adj)

    a single organism

  3. individual, single(adj)

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"

  4. individual, case-by-case, item-by-item(adj)

    separate and distinct from others of the same kind

    "mark the individual pages"; "on a case-by-case basis"

  5. individual, single(a)(adj)

    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    "an individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"

  6. individual(a), private(adj)

    concerning one person exclusively

    "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. individual(adjective)ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

    considered separately; = discrete

    Each individual item is worth more than $500.

  2. individualˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

    unusual and interesting; = distinctive

    a highly individual performance

  3. individualˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

    for or connected with one person

    an individual health insurance policy

  4. individual(noun)ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

    a person, especially considered as separate from a group

    to fight for the rights of the individual; individuals known to the police


  1. individual(Noun)

    A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

    He is an unusual individual.

  2. individual(Noun)

    A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.

  3. individual(Noun)

    An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.

  4. individual(Adjective)

    Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.

    As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one.

  5. individual(Adjective)

    Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.

    individual personal pension; individual cream cakes

  6. Origin: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Individual(adj)

    not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city

  2. Individual(adj)

    of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities

  3. Individual(noun)

    a single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person

  4. Individual(noun)

    an independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal

  5. Individual(noun)

    the product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission


  1. Individual

    An individual is a person or a specific object. Individuality is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly of being a person separate from other persons and possessing his or her own needs or goals. The exact definition of an individual is important in the fields of biology, law, and philosophy. From the 15th century and earlier, and also today within the fields of statistics and metaphysics, individual meant "indivisible", typically describing any numerically singular thing, but sometimes meaning "a person.". From the seventeenth century on, individual indicates separateness, as in individualism.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'individual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #708

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'individual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1264

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'individual' in Nouns Frequency: #316

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'individual' in Adjectives Frequency: #80

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single; separate

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