What does individual mean?

Definitions for individualˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word individual.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Individual

    in-di-vid′ū-al, adj. not divisible without loss of identity: subsisting as one: pertaining to one only, of a group where each constituent is different from the others: (Milt.) inseparable.—n. a single person, animal, plant, or thing.—n. Individualisā′tion.—v.t. Individ′ualīse, to stamp with individual character: to particularise.—ns. Individ′ualism, individual character: independent action as opposed to co-operation: that theory which opposes interference of the State in the affairs of individuals, opposed to Socialism or Collectivism: (logic) the doctrine that individual things alone are real: the doctrine that nothing exists but the individual self; Individ′ualist.—adj. Individualist′ic.—n. Individual′ity, separate and distinct existence: oneness: distinctive character.—adv. Individ′ually.—v.t. Individ′uāte, to individualise: to make single.—n. Individuā′tion, the question as to what it is that distinguishes one organised or living being, or one thinking being, from all others. [L. individuusin, not, dividuus, divisible—dividĕre, to divide.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of individual in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of individual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace:

    McCloud is a very dangerous individual.

  2. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino:

    They are rotten apples, individual actions.

  3. Sheriff Grady Judd:

    Alcohol does not make a smarter individual.

  4. Alexandra Drane:

    Alex the individual would love a VIP option.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 116:

    Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

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