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unique Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite radically distinctive and without equal
    alone; unequaled; unequalled; unparalleled.
    • he is alone in the field of microbiology
    • this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem
    • Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint
    • craftsmen whose skill is unequaled
    • unparalleled athletic ability
    • a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history
  2. adjective satellite (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality
    • a species unique to Australia
  3. adjective satellite the single one of its kind
    • a singular example
    • the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting
    • a unique copy of an ancient manuscript
    • certain types of problems have unique solutions
  4. adjective satellite highly unusual or rare but not the single instance
    • spoke with a unique accent
    • had unique ability in raising funds
    • a frankness unique in literature
    • a unique dining experience

U*nique" adjective
F. unique; cf. It. unico; from L. unicus, from unus one. See One.
  1. Being without a like or equal; unmatched; unequaled; unparalleled; single in kind or excellence; sole. -- U*nique"ly, adv. -- U*nique"ness, n.
U*nique" noun
  1. A thing without a like; something unequaled or unparalleled. R.
    The phenix, the unique pf birds. De Quincey.

Webster 1913