- The definition of singular is something one-of-a-kind, or something that is strange or unusual in some way.
When there is only one version of something, this is an example of a situation where there would be a singular version.
- Singular is a grammar term that is defined as the form of a word used when discussing only one person.
"He" is an example of a singular pronoun.
- being the only one of its kind; single; unique: a singular specimen
- exceptional; extraordinary; remarkable: singular beauty
- peculiar; strange; odd: what a singular remark!
- Archaic existing apart from others; separate; individual
- Gram. designating or of the category of number that refers to only one person or thing
- of an individual thing considered by itself
- used to designate such a thing
Origin of singularMiddle English singuler from Old French from Classical Latin singularis from singulus, single
- the singular number
- the singular form of a word
- a word in singular form
- Logic a thing considered apart from all others
- Being only one; individual; lone: a singular tree in the meadow.
- Being the only one of a kind; unique: “Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared” ( Barack Obama )
- a. Being beyond what is ordinary, especially in being exceptionally good; remarkable: “Dinners with [our two friends] became the evenings we looked forward to with singular pleasure” ( David Halberstam )b. Strange or unusual: “I accordingly obeyed forthwith what I still considered a very singular summons” ( Edgar Allan Poe )
- Grammar a. Of, relating to, or being a noun, pronoun, or adjective denoting a single person or thing or several entities considered as a single unit.b. Of, relating to, or being a verb expressing the action or state of a single subject.
- Logic Of or relating to the specific as distinguished from the general; individual.
- The singular number or a form designating it.
- A word having a singular number.
Origin of singularMiddle English singuler from Old French from Latin singulāris from singulus single ; see single .
(comparative more singular, superlative most singular)
- Being only one of a larger population.
- A singular experiment cannot be regarded as scientific proof of the existence of a phenomenon.
- Being the only one of the kind; unique.
- She has a singular personality.
- Distinguished by superiority; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional.
- a man of singular gravity or attainments
- Out of the ordinary; curious.
- It was very singular; I don't know why he did it.
- (grammar) Referring to only one thing or person.
- (linear algebra, of matrix) Having no inverse.
- (linear algebra, of transformation) Having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero.
- (set theory, of a cardinal number) Not equal to its own cofinality.
- (law) Each; individual.
- to convey several parcels of land, all and singular
- (grammar: referring to only one thing): plural
- (linear algebra: of matrix: having no inverse): invertible, non-singular
- (grammar) A form of a word that refers to only one person or thing.
- (grammar: form of a word that refers to only one thing): plural
- railguns, rail guns