individual[in′də vij′o̵̅o̅ əl; -vij′əl]
- Individual is defined as single, separate or belonging to one person.
- An example of individual used as an adjective is individual slices which means a whole pizza which has been cut up to be served to as single slices.
- An example of individual used as an adjective is the phrase individual talents which means talents that belong to a specific person.
- The definition of an individual is a single person or thing.
An example of an individual is one rose.
An individual rose.
- Obsolete not divisible; not separable
- existing as a single, separate thing or being; single; separate; particular
- of, for, or by a single person or thing
- relating to or characteristic of a single person or thing
- distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character: an individual style
Origin of individualMedieval Latin individualis ; from Classical Latin individuus (; from in-, in- + dividuus, divisible ; from dividere, to divide) + -al
- a single thing, being, or organism, esp., when regarded as a member of a class, species, group, etc.
- a person
- a. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human: individual consciousness.b. By or for one person: individual work; an individual portion.
- Existing as a distinct entity; separate: individual drops of rain.
- a. Marked by or expressing individuality; distinctive or individualistic: an individual way of dressing.b. Special; particular: Each variety of melon has its individual flavor and texture.c. Serving to identify or set apart: “There was nothing individual about him except a deep scar &ellipsis; across his right cheek” (Rebecca West).
- a. A single human considered apart from a society or community: the rights of the individual.b. A human regarded as a distinctive or unique personality: always treated her clients as individuals; felt he was quite an individual.
- A single organism as distinguished from a species, community, or group.
- A member of a collection or set; a specimen.
Origin of individualMiddle English, single, indivisible, from Old French, from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus : in-, not; see in–1 + dīviduus, divisible (from dīvidere, to divide).
(comparative more individual, superlative most individual)