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unique

u·nique

unique

 
 
pronunciation:
yu nik
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Language Note, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being the only one of its type; sole; single.
Everyone's fingerprints are unique.The figurines are handmade, and each one is unique.
 
synonyms:
lone, one, single, singular, sole, solitary
antonyms:
conventional
similar words:
alone, distinctive, exclusive, individual, peculiar, special, specific
definition 2: having no equal or equivalent; incomparable.
Their product has a unique flavor that no one has been able to replicate.The Earth appears to be unique in our solar system in that it supports plant and animal life.
 
synonyms:
incomparable, matchless, nonpareil, peerless, sui generis, unequaled
similar words:
characteristic, exceptional, inimitable, singular, surpassing, unexcelled, unmatched, unrivaled, unsurpassed
definition 3: exclusively found in or limited to a particular area, category, or condition.
The kangeroo is unique to Australia.Is language unique to humans, or do other animals possess language as well?
definition 4: (informal) very different from the average or ordinary; unusual.
That's a unique hairstyle she's got.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: unique people or things collectively (usu. prec. by the).
It's a wonderful gift shop specializing in the unique.
synonyms:
original
antonyms:
ordinary
derivations: uniquely (adv.), uniqueness (n.)
Language Note
What is unique about the word unique? It comes from a Latin word meaning "one," and it means "having no equal" or "being the only one of its type." If something is unique, it cannot be "quite unique," "very unique," or "most unique"--it either is unique or it is not. The sweater Aunt Aggie knit for you is unique--it's one of a kind. The platypus's nose is unique--no other animal has such a snout. If you're not sure whether something is, in fact, unique, try "special" or "unusual" to describe it.
Word Parts
The word unique contains the following part: