from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit: Persons and corporations are equivalent entities under the law.
- n. The fact of existence; being.
- n. The existence of something considered apart from its properties.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.
- n. An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence.
- n. Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organized array or set of individual elements or parts.
- n. The state or quality of being or existence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Being: in this, its original sense, the abstract noun corresponding to the concrete ens.
- n. An independent ens; a thing; a substance; an ontological chimera.
- n. An individual fact or conception, having in itself all that is needed to constitute a characteristic whole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
Medieval Latin entitās, from Latin ēns, ent-, present participle of esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin, present participle of esse, "to be". (Wiktionary)