- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: ML individualis from Classical Latin individuus (from in-, in- plush dividuus, divisible from dividere, to divide) plush -al
- a single thing, being, or organism, esp., when regarded as a member of a class, species, group, etc.
- a person
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- 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 … 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 unique personality: always treated her clients as individuals.c. A person distinguished from others by a special quality.d. Usage Problem A person.
- A single animal or plant as distinguished from a species, community, or group.
- A member of a collection or set; a specimen.
Origin: Middle English, single, indivisible, from Old French, from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus : in-, not; see in-1 + dīviduus, divisible (from dīvidere, to divide).
- inˌdi·vidˈu·al·ly adverb