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entity

Definition:

that which is perceived, known, or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Plural:

entities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Late Latin entitatem (nominative entitas), from Late Latin ens (genitive entis)...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Entity

something that exists by itself, although it need not be of material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate. In business, an entity... (40 of 632 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Entity

Entity (disambiguation)

may refer to: Entity, a unit | a part of an entity-relationship model or diagram | Character entity reference in HTML, XML or SGML | Entity (netlabel), a Belgian netlabel specialising in experimental electronic music | Legal Entity, an entity that can ... (38 of 402 words, 25 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Entity (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something having real or distinct existence; a thing, especially when considered as independent of other things | existence or being | the essence or ... (22 of 489 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/entity

Merriam-Webster:

entity | entities [plural] | being [synonym, sense-specific] | existence [synonym, sense-specific] | commodity [synonym, sense-specific] | existent [synonym, sense-specific] | individual [synonym, sense-specific] | individuality [synonym, sense-specific] | integer [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"being", "existence" ; especially, independent, separate, or self-contained existence ; the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes | ... (20 of 151 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/entity

Wiktionary:

entity | entities [plural]

That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form. | An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence. | [computing] Anything about which... (38 of 117 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/entity

Oxford Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural] | existence [synonym, sense-specific] | being [synonym, sense-specific] | entitative [derived]

a thing with distinct and independent existence | existence; being (9 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/entity

American Heritage Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit | The fact of existence; being. | The existence of something considered apart from its ... (22 of 56 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entity

Random House Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something that has a real existence; thing. | being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained. | essential ... (19 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/entity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

entity [countable, formal] | entities [plural]

a separate unit that is complete and has its own character (11 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/entity

New World Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

being; existence | a thing that has definite, individual existence outside or within the mind; anything real in itself (18 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entity

Cambridge Dictionary:

entity [formal]

something which exists apart from other things, having its own independent existence (12 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/entity

Encarta Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something that exists as or is perceived as a single separate object | the state of having existence | the essence or character of something (23 of 56 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608661​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

entity

First use: 1590s

Origin: Late Latin entitatem (nominative entitas), from Late Latin ens (genitive entis) "a thing", proposed by Caesar as present ... (19 of 53 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=entity

Oxford Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

First use: late 15th century

Origin: (denoting a thing's existence): from French entité or medieval Latin entitas, from late Latin ens, ent- "being" (from esse "be")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/entity

New World Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Origin: French entité or Medieval Latin entitas from Latin ens (generally entis), present participle of esse, to be: see "is"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entity

Merriam-Webster:

entity | entities [plural]

First use: 1596

Origin: Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/entity

American Heritage Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin entitās, from Latin ēns, ent-, present participle of esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entity

Collins Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin entitās, from ēns being; see ens

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/entity

Wiktionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin, present participle of esse, "to be".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/entity

Encarta Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: medieval Latin entitas from late Latin ent-, stem of ens

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608661​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "entity"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/entity

Collins Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "entity"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "entity"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/entity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

entity [countable, formal] | entities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "entity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/entity

Macmillan American Dictionary:

entity [countable, formal] | entities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "entity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/entity

Cambridge Dictionary:

entity [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "entity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "entity"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/entity

the Free Dictionary:

entity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "entity"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "entity"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "entity" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/entity

Google Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "entity"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=entity

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

entity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "entity"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=entity​01 word=entity

YourDictionary Audio:

entity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "entity" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/entity

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