EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French unique.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

unique (comparative uniquer or more unique, superlative uniquest or most unique)

  1. (not comparable) Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.
    Every person has a unique life, therefore every person has a unique journey.
    • 1920, Robert W. Lawson, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, translation of original by Albert Einstein:
      Perhaps the reader will wonder why we have placed our " beings " on a sphere rather than on another closed surface. But this choice has its justification in the fact that, of all closed surfaces, the sphere is unique in possessing the property that all points on it are equivalent.
    • 1941, Allen v. Walt Disney:
      3. Both were written and published with the same unique chorus structure;
      4. Both compositions were written and published with the same unique harmonic structure;
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’
    • 1978, Jimmy Carter, Proclamation 4611:
      Admiralty Island contains unique resources of scientific interest which need protection to assure continued opportunities for study.
    • 1998, Paul M. Edwards, The Korean War: An Annotated Bibliography[2], Greenwood Press, →ISBN, LCCN 97-40189, OCLC 477058097, page 114:
      A very interesting history of United Nations at war in Korea, done in an unique question and answer style.
    • 2002, The American Practical Navigator:
      GPS assigns a unique C/A code and a unique P code to each satellite.
    • 2010, Casey Anderson, The Story of Brutus[3], New York: Pegasus Books, →ISBN, OCLC 464580440, page 173:
      Brutus gets excited when we pull his trailer up. He knows he is going somewhere and that he is going to have an unique experience that will leave him stimulated and fulfilled.
    • 2010, Larry Hochman, The Relationship Revolution[4], John Wiley and Sons, →ISBN, OCLC 855187346, page 109:
      To this day, ‘Winning for Customers’ still stands out as an unique example of a company deciding that, if customer loyalty was to become a reality, everyone had to own it: pilots, caterers, engineers, reservationists, cabin crew, cleaners, drivers — every single person had to understand the economics of customer loyalty and their individual role in making it happen.
    Synonyms: one of a kind, sui generis, singular
  2. Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.
  3. Particular, characteristic.
    • 1999, Harry J. Cargas, Problems Unique to the Holocaust[5]:
  4. (proscribed) Of a rare quality, unusual.
    • 1950, J.D. Salinger, For Esmé—With Love and Squalor:
      And as I look back, it seems to me that we were fairly unique, the sixty of us, in that there wasn’t one good mixer in the bunch.

Usage notesEdit

  • The comparative and superlative forms uniquer or more unique and uniquest or 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. In such instances, "distinctive" is what is meant.

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NounEdit

unique (plural uniques)

  1. A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled; one of a kind.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin ūnicus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

unique (plural uniques)

  1. unique
  2. only

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DescendantsEdit

  • Danish: unik
  • Dutch: uniek
  • English: unique
  • Norwegian Bokmål: unik
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: unik
  • Swedish: unik
  • Turkish: ünik

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