oddity

noun

odd·​i·​ty ˈä-də-tē How to pronounce oddity (audio)
plural oddities
1
: an odd person, thing, event, or trait
2
: the quality or state of being odd

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 Among the oddities will be avant-garde accordionist Ljubinka Kulisic offering a Sunday morning meditative concert devoted to John Cage. Thursday through June 9. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 That’s a fitting introduction to arguably Las Vegas’ most atypical store: Cemetery Pulp (3950 Sunset Road), the city’s first — and most likely only — combination oddities/comic book shop. Tribune News Service, Orange County Register, 23 May 2024 The disturbance’s appearance highlights another oddity of the season. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 23 May 2024 Still, some oddities stand out, most notably that Baltimore will have seven Sundays off, including its Week 14 bye, and will play three games in 11 days, including on the road on Christmas for a second straight year, this time against the Houston Texans. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oddity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oddity was in 1713

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“Oddity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddity. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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oddity

noun
odd·​i·​ty ˈäd-ət-ē How to pronounce oddity (audio)
plural oddities
1
: something odd
2
: the quality or state of being odd

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