peculiarity

noun
pe·​cu·​liar·​i·​ty | \ pi-ˌkyül-ˈyer-ə-tē How to pronounce peculiarity (audio) , -ˈya-rə-; -ˌkyü-lē-ˈer-ə-, -ˈa-rə-\
plural peculiarities

Definition of peculiarity

1 : the quality or state of being peculiar
2 : a distinguishing characteristic
3 : oddity, quirk

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Examples of peculiarity in a Sentence

the peculiarity of his appearance It is a peculiarity of the house that there is no front door. her peculiarities as a writer Scientists tried to explain some peculiarities in the results of the experiment.
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Some peculiarity on which the public can’t help but gaze. Graham Hillard, National Review, "O. J. Simpson Joins Twitter," 28 June 2019 Lyme test challenges Scientists haven’t yet come up with a way to confirm that the Lyme bacteria have been completely banished, because of certain peculiarities of this nasty bug, Soloski said. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Possible clue to Lyme arthritis found in patients' inflamed joints," 18 June 2019 Amid all the other immodesties and peculiarities of Augusta, the greens, ultimately, are the thing. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 Shonkwiler’s Nedjelko is a litany of tics, twitches and other peculiarities. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’," 13 June 2019 Such understatement only serves to accentuate the sculptures' delicious peculiarity. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The hairbrush made of fingers and other scenes from the mind of Genesis Belanger," 8 June 2019 Anything but macabre, the book and the party celebrated the republic, for all its uncertainties and peculiarities. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019 Schrödinger’s cat arose out of his musings on the peculiarities of EPR entanglement. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 The moment flashes by in about a second and a half, but I was briefly transported to my own time watching the show as a twelve-year-old, certain that Clarissa’s family embodied an Americanness that my own cultural peculiarities would never allow. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "What “Always Be My Maybe” Gets About Making an Asian-American Rom-Com," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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peculiarity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peculiarity

: the quality or state of being unusual or peculiar
: something that is unusual or peculiar in a person or thing

peculiarity

noun
pe·​cu·​li·​ar·​i·​ty | \ pi-ˌkyü-lē-ˈer-ə-tē How to pronounce peculiarity (audio) \
plural peculiarities

Kids Definition of peculiarity

1 : something odd or individual All of us have some peculiarities.
2 : the quality or state of being odd or individual

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