unique

unique

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English

Etymology

Borrowed from French unique.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /juːˈniːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Adjective

unique (comparative more unique, superlative most unique)

  1. (not comparable) Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.
    Synonyms: one of a kind, sui generis, singular
  2. Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.
  3. Particular, characteristic.
  4. (proscribed) Of a rare quality, unusual.

Usage notes

  • The comparative and superlative forms more unique and most unique, as well as the use of unique with modifiers as in fairly unique and very unique, are grammatically proscribed, with the reasoning that either something is unique or it is not.

Derived terms

  • uniquely
  • uniqueness
  • uniquity

Related terms

  • unicity
  • one-of-a-kind
  • inimitable

Translations

Noun

unique (plural uniques)

  1. A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.
    • a. 1859, Thomas De Quincey, Language
      The phoenix, the unique of birds.

Further reading

  • unique in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • unique in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • “unique” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin ūnicus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /y.nik/

Adjective

unique (plural uniques)

  1. unique
  2. only

Derived terms

  • monnaie unique
  • unicité
  • unique en son genre
  • uniquement

Related terms

  • un

Descendants

  • Danish: unik
  • Norwegian Bokmål: unik
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: unik
  • Swedish: unik

Further reading

  • “unique” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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