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

Example Sentences

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 This geological oddity is an American wonder for its natural beauty and sobering role in the history of modern warfare. Fox News, 29 June 2022 This economic oddity is largely due to unemployment benefits and three rounds of stimulus checks, which averaged about $30 per day per household above pre-pandemic levels. Casey B. Mulligan, National Review, 11 Jan. 2022 But the self-consciousness of being an oddity on public display disappears as those headphones go over their ears, silencing the sounds of the rowdy beach. Jess Joho, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 One reason is the popularity of mail-in ballots and the infuriating oddity that some states wait until all the polls are closed to begin counting them. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2022 Back then organic crops were an oddity, destined for health food stores or maybe a few farmers markets. Scott Mcfettridge, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 But the PCjr was an oddity right out of the gate, with a weird-yet-wireless chiclet keyboard and a cartridge port used to load Lotus 1-2-3. PCMAG, 20 Sep. 2022 Lagunitas’ hoppy seltzer was an oddity when introduced in 2019, but has resonated with many beer drinkers as a way to moderate. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 Coronation chicken was an oddity, however, in the postwar period. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Oddity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddity. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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