Meaning of “uniform” in the English Dictionary

"uniform" in British English

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uniformnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈjuː.nɪ.fɔːm/ us /ˈjuː.nə.fɔːrm/

A2 a particular set of clothes that has to be worn by the members of the same organization or group of people:

a nurse's uniform
I love a man in uniform!

[ C ] a type of clothes that is connected with a particular group of people:

Photographs show him wearing the T-shirt and ripped jeans that were the student's uniform of the time.

More examples

  • He was pictured as a soldier in full uniform.
  • She recalled the humiliation of exchanging her clothes for the prison uniform.
  • I never wear grey because it reminds me of my school uniform.
  • He thinks that wearing school uniform depersonalizes children.
  • I feel so drab in this grey uniform.
adjective uk /ˈjuː.nɪ.fɔːmd/ us /ˈjuː.nə.fɔːrmd/


uk /ˈjuː.nɪ.fɔːm/ us /ˈjuː.nə.fɔːrm/
noun [ U ] uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈfɔː.mə.ti/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈfɔːr.mə.t̬i/
adverb uk /ˈjuː.nɪ.fɔː us /ˈjuː.nə.fɔː

Critics were uniformly enthusiastic about the production.

(Definition of “uniform” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"uniform" in American English

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uniformnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈju·nəˌfɔrm/

uniform noun [ C/U ] (CLOTHES)

a special set of clothes worn by people belonging to an organization to show others that they are members of it:

[ U ] soldiers in uniform
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈju·nəˌfɔrmd/

Only uniformed personnel are permitted to enter this building.


us /ˈju·nəˌfɔrm/

uniform adjective (SAME)

the same; not varying or different in any way:

The laws for adopting a child are not uniform among the states.

physics Uniform means not changing in speed or power; constant.

noun [ U ] us /ˌju·nəˈfɔr·mɪ·t̬i/
adverb us /ˈju·nəˌfɔrm·li/

Critics were uniformly enthusiastic.

(Definition of “uniform” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"uniform" in Business English

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uk /ˈjuːnɪfɔːm/ us

not changing or different in any way:

Making the rules more uniform should reduce the number of cases taken before district law courts.
A proposed new framework has been widely praised for providing a uniform approach to the problem of waste disposal.
Trying to impose a uniform system in all the countries affected has proved very problematic.

uniformly imposed taxes

(Definition of “uniform” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)