Origin: L. Singularitas: cf. F. Singularite.
1. The quality or state of being singular; some character or quality of a thing by which it is distinguished from all, or from most, others; peculiarity. Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that the second year the very falling down of the seeds yieldeth corn. (Sir. W. Raleigh) I took notice of this little figure for the singularity of the instrument. (Addison)
3. Possession of a particular or exclusive privilege, prerogative, or distinction. No bishop of Rome ever took upon him this name of singularity [universal bishop] (hooker) Catholicism . . . Must be understood in opposition to the legal singularity of the Jewish nation. (bp. Pearson)