A couple light a unity candle.
An example of unity is a bride and groom both lighting a single candle at the same time with each of their candles.
- the state of being one, or united; oneness; singleness
- something complete in itself; single, separate thing
- the quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, etc.; harmony; agreement; concord; uniformity
- a unified group or body
- the quality or fact of being a totality or whole or, esp., of being a union of related parts
- an arrangement of parts or material in a work of art or literature, that will produce a single, harmonious effect
- a design or effect so produced
- constancy, continuity, or fixity of purpose, action, etc.
- any quantity, magnitude, etc. considered or identified as a unit, or 1
- the numeral or unit 1
Origin of unityMiddle English unite from Old French unité from Classical Latin unitas, oneness from unus, one
the (three) unities
- a. The state or quality of being one or united into a whole: “The Founding Fathers had abhorred the concept of parties, fearing that they would undermine the unity of the nation through factionalism” ( Julian E. Zelizer )b. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony: The judges ruled in unity on the matter.c. The state or quality of being unified in an aesthetic whole, as in a work of literature: the novel's thematic unity.d. A whole that is a combination of parts: a group of ideas that taken together constitute a unity.
- Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity: “In an army you need unity of purpose” ( Emmeline Pankhurst )
- One of the three principles of dramatic structure derived by French neoclassicists from Aristotle's Poetics, stating that a drama should have but one plot, which should take place in a single day and be confined to a single locale.
- Mathematics a. The number 1.b. See identity element.
Origin of unityMiddle English unite from Old French from Latin ūnitās from ūnus one ; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural unities)
- (uncountable) Oneness; the state or fact of being one undivided entity.
- A single undivided thing, seen as complete in itself.
- (drama) Any of the three classical rules of drama (unity of action, unity of place, and unity of time).`
- (mathematics) Any element of a set or field that behaves under a given operation as the number 1 behaves under multiplication.
Majuscule letter version of unity