What does identity mean?

Definitions for identity
aɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-iden·ti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. identity, personal identity, individualitynoun

    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity

    "you can lose your identity when you join the army"

  2. identitynoun

    the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known

    "geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of his lover"

  3. identity, identity element, identity operatornoun

    an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates

    "the identity under numerical multiplication is 1"

  4. identity, identicalness, indistinguishabilitynoun

    exact sameness

    "they shared an identity of interests"


  1. identitynoun

    The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal.

  2. identitynoun

    The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.

  3. identitynoun

    A name or personathe mask or appearance one presents to the worldby which one is known.

    This criminal has taken on several identities

  4. identitynoun

    Knowledge of who one is.

  5. identitynoun

    Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.

  6. identitynoun

    An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.

  7. Etymology: Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin identitas, from idem. See identical and idem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Identitynoun

    Sameness; not diversity.

    Etymology: identité, French; identitas, school Latin.

    There is a fallacy of equivocation from a society in name, inferring an identity in nature: by this fallacy was he deceived that drank aqua-fortis for strong water. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Certainly those actions must needs be regular, where there is an identity between the rule and the faculty. Robert South, Serm.

    Considering any thing as existing, at any determined time and place, we compare it with itself existing at another time, and thereon form the ideas of identity and diversity. John Locke.

    It cuts off the sense at the end of every first line, which must always rhime to the next following, and consequently produces too frequent an identity in sound, and brings every couplet to the point of an epigram. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Identitynoun

    the state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness

  2. Identitynoun

    the condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods

  3. Identitynoun

    an identical equation

  4. Etymology: [F. identit, LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. Item.]


  1. Identity

    In psychology and sociology, identity is a person's conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations. The concept is given a great deal of attention in social psychology and is important in place identity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Identity

    ī-den′ti-ti, n. state of being the same: sameness.—adj. Iden′tical, the very same: not different.—adv. Iden′tically.—n. Iden′ticalness, identity. [Fr.,—Low L. identitat-em—L. idem, the same.]

Editors Contribution

  1. identity

    Name, location of birth and date of birth of a person.

    Your name or date of birth forms part of your identity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

  2. identity

    The features and form that a person has.

    My identity is different that of my twin as we both have different facial features and height.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2500

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identity' in Nouns Frequency: #1042

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of identity in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of identity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of identity in a Sentence

  1. AiR AtmanInRavi:

    My Ego is only my Identity. My Ego is not 'Me'. Because I live in Ignorance, who 'I' truly am, I cannot see.

  2. Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers:

    We’re really not certain on the exact identity of this individual, we’ve been told that the name on the warrant may not correspond with the name of the individual in the trailer. Again, we’re waiting to find that information out.

  3. Jeff Fager:

    Every day, the people of this news organization are turning in the kind of high-quality reporting that is in keeping with our identity and heritage as the home of the best in broadcast journalism, I am confident that this record of achievement will only get better with David Rhodes.

  4. Joaquin Carcano:

    Having your identity and body being a point of public conversation can be really exhausting.

  5. Petros Souppouris:

    This is the national identity of Cyprus which must be maintained. Staff believe the government should do its utmost to keep the company operational, or launch a fresh start with an investor.

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