Síngular. adj. [singulier, Fr. singularis, Latin.]
- Single; not complex; not compound.
That idea which represents one particular determinate thing is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound. Watts.
- [In grammar.] Expressing only one; not plural.
If St. Paul's speaking of himself in the first person singular has so various meanings, his use of the first person plural has a greater latitude. Locke.
- Particular; unexampled.
So singular a sadness
Must have a cause as strange as the effect. Denham's Sophy.
Doubtless, if you are innocent, your case is extremely hard, yet it is not singular. Female Quixote.
- Having something not common to others. It is commonly used in a sense of disapprobation, whether applied to persons or things.
Not seconded, as singular and rash. Milton.
It is very commendable to be singular in any excellency, and religion is the greatest excellency: to be singular in any thing that is wise and worthy is not a disparagement, but a praise. Tillots.
- Alone; that of which there is but one.
These busts of the emperors and empresses are all very scarce, and some of them almost singular in their kind. Addis.