If something is extraordinary, remarkable, or one of a kind, you can say it is singular. A singular opportunity to sing onstage with a rock star is a remarkable opportunity.

Seeing the single inside singular can help you understand its meaning in the sense of one. In grammar, singular means one, as opposed to plural, which means more than one. But singular’s not always––or singularly––about being unique. Walking through a foggy cemetery might give you a singular feeling––or a feeling that’s odd and peculiar––that ghosts could possibly be real.

Definitions of singular

adj 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”
individual, single
being or characteristic of a single thing or person

adj composed of one member, set, or kind

composed of more than one member, set, or kind

adj the single one of its kind

“a singular example”
existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

adj unusual or striking

“such poise is singular in one so young”
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

adj beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

singular behavior”
curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy
strange, unusual
being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

adj grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit

grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
a grammatical number category referring to two items or units as opposed to one item (singular) or more than two items (plural)
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n the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton

singular form
plural, plural form
the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Type of:
descriptor, form, signifier, word form
the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

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