pec·​u·​late ˈpe-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce peculate (audio)
peculated; peculating
peculation noun
peculator noun

Word History


Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari, from peculium

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peculate was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Peculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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