1. [ adjective ] radically distinctive and without equal
Synonyms: unparalleled unequaled unequalled alone

"he is alone in the field of biology" "Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint" "craftsmen whose skill is unequaled" "unparalleled athletic ability" "a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history"

Related terms: incomparable
2. [ adjective ] (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality

"a species unique to Australia"

Related terms: specific
3. [ adjective ] the single one of its kind
Synonyms: singular

"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"

Related terms: single
4. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: unusual
Similar spelling:   unwise