a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
a person:a strange individual.
a distinct, indivisible entity; a single thing, being, instance, or item.
a group considered as a unit.
a single organism capable of independent existence.
a member of a compound organism or colony.
Games[Cards.]a duplicate-bridge tournament in which each player plays the same number of hands in partnership with every other player, individual scores for each player being kept for each hand.
single; particular; separate:to number individual copies of a limited edition.
intended for the use of one person only:to serve individual portions of a pizza.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a particular person or thing:individual tastes.
distinguished by special, singular, or markedly personal characteristics; exhibiting unique or unusual qualities:a highly individual style of painting.
existing as a distinct, indivisible entity, or considered as such; discrete:individual parts of a tea set.
of which each is different or of a different design from the others:a set of individual coffee cups.
Medieval Latin indīviduālis, equivalent. to Latin indīvidu(us) indivisible (in-in-3 + dīvid(ere) to divide + -uus deverbal adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ālis -al1
late Middle English 1375–1425
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See person.
1, 2. As a synonym for person,individual is standard, occurring in all varieties of speech and writing:Three individuals entered the room, each carrying a sheaf of papers.Some object to this use, insisting that individual can mean only "a single human being, as distinguished from a group'':An individual may have concerns that are ignored by his or her party.