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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First Known Use of oddity

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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“Oddity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddity. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce oddity (audio)

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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