iden·ti·ty /aɪˈdɛntəti/ noun plural iden·ti·ties
who someone is :
the name of a person [count
] ▪ The identity of the criminal/victim is not known. ▪ The face of the witness was hidden in order to protect her identity. [=to keep her name from being known] ▪ The documents proved/established his identity. [=proved/established who he was] ▪ They produced their passports as proof of their identities.
] ▪ You will need to show proof of identity. [=something that shows that you are who you say you are] ▪ They arrested the wrong man. It was a case of mistaken identity.
the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others [count
] ▪ As children grow, they establish their own identities. ▪ She did not want to be known only as the wife of her husband. She insisted on having her own identity. [=on being known for her own qualities, achievements, etc.]
] ▪ people who seem to lack individual identity ▪ He has a strong sense of personal identity. [=a strong feeling about exactly the kind of person he is] ▪ His art reflects his cultural/racial identity.