Meaning of UNIVERSAL in English


I. ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin universalis, from universum universe

Date: 14th century

1. : including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception ; especially : available equitably to all members of a society

universal health coverage


a. : present or occurring everywhere

b. : existent or operative everywhere or under all conditions

universal cultural patterns


a. : embracing a major part or the greatest portion (as of mankind)

a universal state

universal practices

b. : comprehensively broad and versatile

a universal genius


a. : affirming or denying something of all members of a class or of all values of a variable

b. : denoting every member of a class

a universal term

5. : adapted or adjustable to meet varied requirements (as of use, shape, or size)

a universal gear cutter

a universal remote control

• uni·ver·sal·ly -s(ə-)lē adverb

• uni·ver·sal·ness -səl-nəs noun

II. noun

Date: 1553

1. : one that is universal: as

a. : a universal proposition in logic

b. : a predicable of traditional logic

c. : a general concept or term or something in reality to which it corresponds : essence


a. : a behavior pattern or institution (as the family) existing in all cultures

b. : a culture trait characteristic of all normal adult members of a particular society

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.