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Definition of Singular


  1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct.
  2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single.
  3. Existing by itself; single; individual.
  4. Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of land, all and singular.
  5. Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
  6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual; uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.
  7. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of singular gravity or attainments.
  8. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd; whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or consure.
  9. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there is but one; unique.
  10. An individual instance; a particular.
  11. The singular number, or the number denoting one person or thing; a word in the singular number.

Singular Quotations

To me, this is the singular privilege of reading literature: we are allowed to step into another's life.
Nicole Krauss

Companies should not have a singular view of profitability. There needs to be a balance between commerce and social responsibility... The companies that are authentic about it will wind up as the companies that make more money.
Howard Schultz

For all my friends in the media who like quotes, mark this quote down. From this day on I'd like to be known as 'The Big Aristotle' because Aristotle once said, 'Excellence is not a singular act; it's a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.'
Shaquille O'Neal

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
Joan Didion

I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn't very interesting, and I'm a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that.
Catherine Opie
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Singular Translations

singular in German is Einzahl
singular in Italian is singolare
singular in Swedish is ovanlig