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.


  1. Identity

    Identity is a single from American melodic metalcore band August Burns Red. Released on May 26, 2015, it is the second single from their seventh studio album Found in Far Away Places. The song was nominated for Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards, losing to Cirice by Ghost. The lyrics were based on the coming out of a friend.


  1. identity

    Identity often refers to the distinguishing characteristics, qualities, or beliefs that make a person, group, or thing unique or distinct. It can include aspects related to culture, ethnicity, personality, roles, or interests. In mathematics, it may refer to an equation that is true regardless of the values of its variables. In computing or cybersecurity, identity may refer to the data distinguishing one user or system from another, often including usernames and passwords.

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. Carolyn Pawlenty:

    It has been difficult for me to read and hear what the media, public and prosecution team believe Derek to be an aggressive, heartless and uncaring person, i can tell you that is far from the truth. My son’s identity has also been reduced to that of a racist. I want this court to know that none of these things are true, and that my son is a good man.

  2. Joaquin Humberto:

    At first when people here saw our government identity cards it was hard for them to greet us, the state was seen more as an enemy than an ally. It was seen as repressive, its only presence was the police who went in with guns.

  3. Wisconsin Institute for Law:

    Schools cannot override parents when it comes to decisions about their children, gender identity transitions are no exception. Schools must defer to parents about what is best for their child.

  4. Aron Janssen:

    The goal is for the children to be able to live without secrecy and affirmed in their identity, regardless of the environment, when children are n’t allowed to socially transition, especially at home, we would expect a negative impact on mental health.

  5. Mike Riera:

    On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges, the LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student.

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