English Online Dictionary. What means identity? What does identity mean?
Middle French identité, from Latin idem (“the same”). See identical and idem.
- (General American) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɛntɪti/, /aɪˈdɛn(t)əti/, [aɪˈdɛnɪɾi], [aɪˈdɛnəɾi]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɛntɪti/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ɑɪˈdentəti/
identity (countable and uncountable, plural identities)
- Sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same.
- The difference or character that marks off an individual or collective from the rest of the same kind; selfhood; the sense of who something or someone or oneself is, or the recurring characteristics that enable the recognition of such an individual or group by others or themself.
- (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)
- A name or persona—a mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known.
- (mathematics) An equation which always holds true regardless of the choice of input variables.
- (algebra, computing) Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.
- (algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this second element.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A well-known or famous person.
- (sameness): See also Thesaurus:sameness
- (difference that marks off an individual): individuality, selfhood; see also Thesaurus:selfhood
- (mathematical function): identity function
- (famous person): celebrity, personality
- “identity”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- identity in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
- “identity”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “identity”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.