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Dictionary Definition

uniform adj
1 always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences; "a street of uniform tall white buildings" [syn: unvarying] [ant: multiform]
2 the same throughout in structure or composition; "bituminous coal is often treated as a consistent and homogeneous product" [syn: consistent]
3 not differentiated [syn: undifferentiated] [ant: differentiated]
4 evenly spaced; "at regular (or uniform) intervals" n : clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification v : provide with uniforms; "The guards were uniformed"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Uniform



  • a UK /ˈjuːnɪfɔːm/, /"ju:nIfO:m/
  • a US , /ˈjunəfɔrm/, /"jun@fOrm/


  1. Unvarying; all the same.
  2. Consistent; conforming to one standard.




  1. A distinctive outfit as a means of identifying members of a group.
  2. Phonetic equivalent for the letter U in the ICAO spelling alphabet, informally known as the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  3. A uniformed police officer (as opposed to a detective).
    • 1996, S. J. Rozan, Concourse,] Macmillan, ISBN 0-312-95944-3, page 265,
      Skeletor held the gun against Speedo’s head, held Speedo between himself and the cops who stood, motionless and futile, where they’d stopped. Robinson, Lindfors, Carter, three uniforms and I watched helpless as Skeletor, dragging Speedy with him, inched out the gate, started backing down the hill.
    • 2001, Christine Wiltz, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld,[ Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-81012-3, page 113,
      Four men flew out of it, three uniforms and one in what appeared to be an English riding outfit—boots, whip, the whole nine yards. He called out, “I’m the superintendent of police.”
    • 2004, Will Christopher Baer, Penny Dreadful,[ ] MacAdam/Cage Publishing, ISBN 1-931561-81-8, page 81,
      Eyes to the front now and there was the body, a lump of black and brown. Moon counted three uniforms and a photographer, the medical examiner and his assistant.


distinctive outfit as a means of identifying members of a group
  • Arabic: (zey)
  • Chinese: 制服 (zhìfú)
  • Czech: uniforma
  • Dutch: uniform
  • Esperanto: uniformo
  • Finnish: virkapuku, univormu
  • French: uniforme
  • German: Uniform
  • Greek: στολή
  • Hungarian: egyenruha
  • Italian: uniforme
  • Japanese: 制服, ユニフォーム
  • Korean: 제복 (jebok)
  • Latin: ornatus
  • Portuguese: uniforme
  • Russian: форма
  • Slovene: uniforma
  • Spanish: uniforme
  • Swedish: uniform

Derived terms



  • /yniˈfɔrm/


  1. Uniform; a distinctive outfit.


  1. Uniform.



  1. Plural form of uniforme




  1. Uniform; a distinctive outfit.

Extensive Definition

A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity. People performing religious activities have often worn standard costumes since the dawn of recorded history. Other early examples of people wearing uniforms include the clothing of the armies of the Roman Empire and other civilizations.
Modern uniforms are worn by armed forces and paramilitary organisations such as police, emergency services, security guards, in some workplaces and schools and by inmates in prisons. In some countries, some other officials also wear uniforms in some of their duties; such is the case of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service or the French prefects.

Service and work uniforms

Workers sometimes wear uniforms or corporate clothing of one nature or another, including but not limited to shop workers, bank and post office workers, airline employees and holiday operators, and bar, restaurant and hotel employees. The use of uniforms by these organizations is often an effort in branding and developing a standard corporate image but also has important effects on the employees required to wear the uniform. The first service uniform registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office was the Playboy Bunny outfit (U.S. patent number 762,884). However the term 'uniform' is misleading because employees are not always fully uniform in appearance and may not always wear attire provided by the organization, while still representing the organization in their attire. Academic work on organizational dress by Rafaeli & Pratt (1993) referred to uniformity (homogeneity) of dress as one dimension, and conspicuousness as a second. Employees all wearing black, for example, may appear conspicuous and thus represent the organization even though their attire is uniform only in the color of their appearance not in its features. Pratt & Rafaeli, (1997)described struggles between employees and management about organizational dress as struggles about deeper meanings and identities that dress represents. And Prat & Rafaeli (2001) described dress as one of the larger set of symbols and artifacts in organizations which coalesce into a communication grammar.
Rafaeli, A. & Pratt, M. J. 1993. Tailored meaning: On the meaning and impact of organizational dress. Academy of Management Review, 18(1): 32-55.
Pratt, M. & Rafaeli, A. 1997. Organizational dress as a symbol of multilayered social identities. Academy of Management Journal, 40(4): 862-898.
Pratt, M. G. & Rafaeli, A. 2001. Symbols as a language of organizational relationships. Research in Organizational Behavior, 23: 93-133.


Across the world uniforms are worn in schools. School uniforms vary from a standard issue T-shirt to rigorous requirements for many items of formal wear at private schools.
Countries with school uniforms mandated include Japan, India, Australia and the UK, as well as many other places. In some countries uniform types vary a lot from school to school, but in the UK many pupils between 11 and 16 of age wear a formal jacket, tie and trousers for boys and blouse, tie and trousers or skirt or culottes for girls. The ties will usually be in a set pattern for the school & jackets will usually carry a patch on the breast pocket with the school's coat of arms and motto or emblem and name. Jackets are being replaced in many schools by sweatshirts bearing the school badge. Children in many UK state primary schools will have a uniform jumper and or polo shirt with the school name and logo.


Most, if not all, professional sports teams also wear uniforms, made in the team's distinctive colors, often in different variations for "home" and "away" games. In the United Kingdom, especially in soccer, the terms "kit" or "strip" (as in 'football kit') are more common.

Security and armed forces

In the case of uniforms worn by military personnel or civilian officials, there are generally several kinds of uniforms:
  • battledress, khakis;
  • everyday work uniform, where earned medals are typically replaced by ribbon bars;
  • dress uniform: worn at ceremonies, official receptions, and other special occasions; medals are typically worn.


Domestic workers

Domestic workers are often required by their employers to wear a uniform.

Uniform hygiene

In some countries or regions such as the UK, Australia or HK, the laundry expenses of working- uniform or clothing can be partially duducted or rebatable from the personal income tax, if the organization for which the person works does not have a laundry department or an outsourced commercial laundry , .


The Scout uniform is a specific characteristic of the Scouting movement, in the words of Baden-Powell at the 1938 World Jamboree, "it covers the differences of country and race and make all feel that they are members one with another of one World Brotherhood". The original uniform, which has created a familiar image in the public eye, consisted of a khaki button-up shirt, shorts and a broad-brimmed campaign hat. Baden-Powell himself wore shorts as being dressed like the youth contributed to reducing distances between the adult and the young person. Nowadays, uniforms are frequently blue, orange, red or green, and shorts are replaced by long pants in areas where the culture calls for modesty, and in winter weather.


uniform in Danish: Uniform
uniform in German: Uniform
uniform in Modern Greek (1453-): Στολή
uniform in Spanish: Uniforme
uniform in Esperanto: Uniformo
uniform in French: Uniforme
uniform in Indonesian: Seragam
uniform in Italian: Divisa
uniform in Hebrew: מדים
uniform in Lithuanian: Uniforma
uniform in Dutch: Uniform
uniform in Japanese: 制服
uniform in Norwegian: Uniform
uniform in Norwegian Nynorsk: Uniform
uniform in Polish: Uniform
uniform in Portuguese: Uniforme
uniform in Russian: Форма (одежда)
uniform in Simple English: Uniform
uniform in Slovenian: Uniforma
uniform in Finnish: Univormu
uniform in Swedish: Uniform
uniform in Chinese: 制服

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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