Meaning of SINGULAR in English

SINGULAR

/ ˈsɪŋgjələ(r); NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun

( grammar ) a form of a noun or verb that refers to one person or thing :

The singular of 'bacteria' is 'bacterium'.

The verb should be in the singular .

—compare plural

■ adjective

1.

( grammar ) connected with or having the singular form :

a singular noun / verb / ending

2.

( formal ) very great or obvious

SYN outstanding :

landscape of singular beauty

3.

( literary ) unusual; strange

SYN eccentric :

a singular style of dress

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in the sense solitary, single , also beyond the average ): from Old French singuler , from Latin singularis , from singulus , related to simplus simple.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.