Identity Definition

ī-dĕntĭ-tē
identities
noun
identities
The condition of being the same as a person or thing described or claimed.
Webster's New World
The condition or fact of being the same or exactly alike; sameness; oneness.
Groups united by identity of interests.
Webster's New World
The characteristics and qualities of a person, considered collectively and regarded as essential to that person's self-awareness.
Webster's New World
The awareness that an individual or group has of being a distinct, persisting entity.
American Heritage
The condition or fact of being a specific person or thing; individuality.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Identity

Noun

Singular:
identity
Plural:
identities

Origin of Identity

  • French identité from Old French identite from Late Latin identitās from Latin idem the same (influenced by Late Latin essentitās being,) (identidem repeatedly) from id it i- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French identité, from Latin idem (“the same”). See identical and idem.

    From Wiktionary

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