WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•di•vid•u•al /ˌɪndəˈvɪdʒuəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a single human being, as distinguished from a group:the freedom of each individual.
  2. a person:Several unidentified individuals approached the speaker.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. single;
    separate:each individual child.
  2. intended for the use of one person only:individual portions.
  3. of or characteristic of a particular person or thing:individual tastes.
in•di•vid•u•al•ly, adv.: individually wrapped pieces of chocolate.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•di•vid•u•al  (in′də vijo̅o̅ əl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
  2. a person:a strange individual.
  3. a distinct, indivisible entity;
    a single thing, being, instance, or item.
  4. a group considered as a unit.
  5. Biology
    • a single organism capable of independent existence.
    • a member of a compound organism or colony.
  6. 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.

  1. single;
    separate:to number individual copies of a limited edition.
  2. intended for the use of one person only:to serve individual portions of a pizza.
  3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a particular person or thing:individual tastes.
  4. distinguished by special, singular, or markedly personal characteristics;
    exhibiting unique or unusual qualities:a highly individual style of painting.
  5. existing as a distinct, indivisible entity, or considered as such;
    discrete:individual parts of a tea set.
  6. 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

individual /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəl/ adj
  1. of, relating to, characteristic of, or meant for a single person or thing
  2. separate or distinct, esp from others of its kind; particular: please mark the individual pages
  3. characterized by unusual and striking qualities; distinctive
  4. obsolete indivisible; inseparable
  1. a single person, esp when regarded as distinct from others
  2. a single animal or plant, esp as distinct from a species
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus indivisible, from in-1 + dīviduus divisible, from dīvidere to divide

ˌindiˈvidually adv

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