oddity

noun odd·i·ty \ ˈä-də-tē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of oddity

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

Examples of oddity in a Sentence

  1. Her shyness makes her a bit of an oddity in the business world.

  2. The zoo has such oddities as anteaters and platypuses.

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First Known Use of oddity

1713


ODDITY Defined for English Language Learners

oddity

noun

Definition of oddity for English Language Learners

  • : a strange or unusual person or thing

  • : the quality or state of being strange or unusual


ODDITY Defined for Kids

oddity

noun odd·i·ty \ ˈä-də-tē \

Definition of oddity for Students

plural oddities
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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