odd·​i·​ty | \ ˈä-də-tē How to pronounce oddity (audio) \
plural oddities

Definition of oddity

1 : an odd person, thing, event, or trait
2 : the quality or state of being odd

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Examples of oddity in a Sentence

Her shyness makes her a bit of an oddity in the business world. The zoo has such oddities as anteaters and platypuses.
Recent Examples on the Web The statistical oddity here is that Bell struck out only 20 batters in 70⅔ innings but still posted a 1.66 ERA, with a 1.175 WHIP. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the 11 best rookie seasons in Milwaukee Brewers history," 9 Nov. 2020 Strange, peculiar, wacky, weird, bizarre, and other words indicating enigmatic oddity recur in descriptions of him. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 Kyrgyzstan has held several competitive elections—an oddity in Central Asia, where crushing landslides for autocratic rulers are the norm. The Economist, "Angry Kyrgyz rebel against a tainted election—for the third time," 7 Oct. 2020 The Reds won Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five Division Series at AT&T Park and, thanks to a scheduling oddity, would host the remaining games at Great American Ball Park. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "With Astros up 2-0, Dusty Baker wants no part of reliving 2012 Giants-Reds series," 7 Oct. 2020 Like most songs about waiting and impatience, this 1980s R&B oddity is about romantic tension, not the possibility of court packing. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "De-stress With an Election-Anxiety Playlist," 23 Oct. 2020 The oddity of this season isn’t lost on former cast members Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson, who are being super critical of the show out of their own saltiness, but also because of the strange way the season might play out. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "RHOC Is Bravo’s First Quarantine Production — But Did It Follow COVID Protocols?," 14 Oct. 2020 Whether that backing has any strategic value in determining the outcome or is little more than something of an oddity, is unclear. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Darrell Issa’s uncomfortable endorsement by the American Independent Party," 7 Oct. 2020 The Royal Scots College itself is something of a historical oddity. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Edition of Shakespeare’s Last Play Found in Spanish Library," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of oddity

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oddity was in 1713

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12 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oddity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddity. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce oddity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of oddity

: a strange or unusual person or thing
: the quality or state of being strange or unusual


odd·​i·​ty | \ ˈä-də-tē How to pronounce oddity (audio) \
plural oddities

Kids Definition of oddity

1 : something strange The zoo has oddities such as platypuses.
2 : the quality or state of being strange We laughed at the oddity of the situation.

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