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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Vintage Disney attractions are loaded with oddities. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "At Haunted Mansion 50th anniversary bash, Disneyland stays weird," 9 Aug. 2019 The other oddity: The Dolphins are going the slower, Flaherty way at quarterback so far. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Youth is served on Dolphins’ offensive line — is QB position next? | Commentary," 3 Aug. 2019 The site has 60 million items for sale at any given time, from prosaic goods like oven mitts and coasters to oddities such as clothes for dogs—like the sweater CEO Josh Silverman recently bought. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Etsy Crafted an E-Commerce Comeback," 25 July 2019 Volunteers with the Texas GLO's Adopt-A-Beach clean up program have found oddities such as bottles of urine, street signs and jars of marijuana on Texas beaches just this spring alone. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Woman finds brick of cocaine worth $33K washed up on Bolivar beach," 19 July 2019 Other oddities found: a hallway covered with artificial eyeballs and a life-size female doll hanging from a chandelier, The New York Times reported. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Artificial eyeballs and a life-size doll," 10 July 2019 In 2017, Delta announced that the planes, which are notoriously loud and feature other dated oddities, would no longer fly into New York’s LaGuardia Airport, drawing praise from politicians grateful for the noise relief for those living nearby. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "‘We just prayed the whole time’: Towson man recounts emergency landing aboard Delta flight bound for Baltimore," 10 July 2019 The Warrens were charmed despite such oddities, but the owner’s enthusiasm for selling ebbed and flowed. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Clinton Hill Mansion With a Rock ’n’ Roll History," 8 June 2018 In honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, Rhino released an immersive box set of the album, containing alternate mixes, demos, studio banter and other oddities that shed further light on the development of a classic. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Love's 'Forever Changes': 5 Revealing Moments From 50th Anniversary Box Set," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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