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.

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Rather than thinking of the NSynth as something that could replicate or replace a traditional guitar or even synth within a composition, the band embraced its oddity and found more success. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 What Happened: The oddity that is the subject of Donald Trump’s desire to buy Greenland continuing to make headlines this week, because 2019 is a very strange year all around. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Who Wants to See Sean Spicer’s Samba?," 25 Aug. 2019 In Anne’s neuroses and intensity, her oddities and intelligence, Richard finds a kindred spirit. David Canfield, EW.com, "Going Dutch is a hilarious, feverish deconstruction of gay millennial life," 19 Aug. 2019 Among highlights of their few days there were seeing fan dancer Sally Rand perform and the real-life oddities exhibited by Robert Ripley. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo centenarian experienced many adventures," 27 June 2019 The editorial commentary delves into some wonderful oddities, including passages that are impossible to play on the specified instruments. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Endless, Grisly Fascination of Richard Strauss’s “Salome”," 21 Aug. 2019 Generally speaking, though, there's more good stuff out there to obsess over than bad stuff—not just good uniform designs, but also historical rabbit holes, interesting quirks and oddities, fun coincidences, and more. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Welcome to the Uni-Verse: Explore the World of Athletics Aesthetics with Uni Watch," 13 Aug. 2019 But there was one place where the Futurefön wasn’t just a cool oddity: r/ShittyKickstarters, a Reddit forum for discussing shady crowdfunding campaigns. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," 13 Aug. 2019 Researchers have previously devised a number of scenarios to explain this oddity, but no solution has been perfect. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of oddity

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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