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)



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