Definition of singular noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɪŋɡjələ(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪŋɡjələr//
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[singular] (grammar) a form of a noun or verb that refers to one person or thing The singular of ‘bacteria’ is ‘bacterium’. The verb should be in the singular. compare plural Wordfindercase, conjugate, gender, grammar, inflect, noun, part of speech, singular, subject, tense See related entries: Grammar Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘solitary, single’, also ‘beyond the average’): from Old French singuler, from Latin singularis, from singulus, related to simplus ‘simple’.
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