Meaning of SINGULAR in English

I. ˈsiŋ-gyə-lər adjective

Etymology: Middle English singuler, from Anglo-French, from Latin singularis, from singulus only one — more at single

Date: 14th century


a. : of or relating to a separate person or thing : individual

b. : of, relating to, or being a word form denoting one person, thing, or instance

a singular noun

c. : of or relating to a single instance or to something considered by itself

2. : distinguished by superiority : exceptional

an artist of singular attainments

3. : being out of the ordinary : unusual

on the way home we had a singular adventure

4. : departing from general usage or expectation : peculiar , odd

the air had a singular chill


a. of a matrix : having a determinant equal to zero

b. of a linear transformation : having the property that the matrix of coefficients of the new variables has a determinant equal to zero

Synonyms: see strange

• sin·gu·lar·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : the singular number, the inflectional form denoting it, or a word in that form

2. : a singular term

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