Definitions of singular

  1. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; " a curious hybrid accent"; " her speech has a funny twang"; " they have some funny ideas about war"; " had an odd name"; " the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; " something definitely queer about this town"; " what a rum fellow"; " singular behavior"
  2. unusual or striking; " a remarkable sight"; " such poise is singular in one so young"
  3. the single one of its kind; " a singular example"; " the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting"; " a unique copy of an ancient manuscript"; " certain types of problems have unique solutions"
  4. the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
  5. being a single and separate person or thing; " can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?"; " every fact in the world might be singular... unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"- William James
  6. grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
  7. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.
  8. Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
  9. Existing by itself; single; individual.
  10. Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
  11. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.
  12. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
  13. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
  14. The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.
  15. Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; - opposed to dual and plural.
  16. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; - often implying disapproval or consure.
  17. In grammar, denoting one person or thing; alone; uncommon; strange; exceptional; as, a woman of singular charm; peculiar; odd; unique.
  18. In grammar, the number denoting one person or thing; the form of a word denoting this number; a word in the form of this number.
  19. Singularly.
  20. Alone: ( gram.) denoting one person or thing: single: not complex or compound: standing alone: rare: unusual: uncommon: extraordinary: strange: odd: ( B.) particular.
  21. Alone; not plural; not compound; rare; strange.
  22. Singularity.
  23. Standing by itself; peculiar; odd; remarkable.
  24. Denoting a unit; single.
  25. The singular number, or a word in that number.
  26. Not complex or compound; particular; peculiar; unusual; expressing one person or thing; not common; being alone.
  27. The singular number. See Single.
  28. Not complex or compound; expressing only one person or thing; not plural; proper or individual, as a singular term; remarkable; unexampled; rare; unique; uncommon; peculiar; odd; strange.

Usage examples for singular

  1. Should this collection ever be given to the world, very singular things will be seen, and an opposition of opinion, which shows what it is to have to do with the public. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  2. We then began to talk of our situation, and the singular chances of our fortune. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  3. What singular eyes he had! – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  4. Singular though my friend's proceedings appeared to me, I had ceased to wonder at anything. – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  5. " Well, that is singular," the officer said; " I will tell you how it happened. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  6. The sound given to y is somewhat singular. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  7. " That's a singular idea," said Klaus Heinrich. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  8. He did not know, but he found the superstition of a singular charm. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  9. Dear Neathcote, I love it already for its singular beauty! – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  10. His eyes were fixed on Jane, and with such a singular expression that the latter, meeting their gaze, felt startled, she did not know why. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  11. Dr. Duchesne says it's a singular case. – A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready by Bret Harte
  12. Miles Harding's nature was a singular one for a boy brought up as he had been. – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  13. The western front of the church still remains almost perfect; and it is most singular. – Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2) by Dawson Turner
  14. D'Argenson, at this request, made a singular gesture, which Gaston interpreted as one of hesitation. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  15. How very, very singular! – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  16. His is a very singular history." – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  17. But why do you ask these singular questions, love? – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  18. I looked at her anxiously; there certainly was a singular expression in her eyes which made me thoughtful. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  19. Froude's devotion to him had indeed been singular. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul