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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web This gastronomic peculiarity is the one thing actor Josh O'Connor, who plays Charles in The Crown, would like to ask the real life Prince. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Apparently, Prince Charles Doesn't Eat Lunch," 17 Nov. 2020 This was a peculiarity of all the top American institutions: in them, no secrets were kept long. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, "An Encounter Sabotaged," 17 Nov. 2020 But away from all the regulations and rivals, there is a peculiarity in India that dampens the prospects of digital payments, and WhatsApp will need to deal with it, too. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India restricts WhatsApp from monopolising digital payments—and other countries could follow suit," 10 Nov. 2020 In accordance with the peculiarity of 2020, the best team in the Big 12 is getting the job done defensively. Dallas News, "5 things Texas fans need to know about Oklahoma State: Wallace, Hubbard have Cowboys in Big 12 title hunt," 28 Oct. 2020 If the new novel presents a strangely neutered state of affairs, this cannot be ascribed solely to the peculiarity of its setting. Paul Franz, The Atlantic, "How a Great Crime Writer Came to Imitate Himself," 21 Oct. 2020 And how did its rise engender the peculiarity of the Western character? Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar?," 6 Sep. 2020 But the neatness of this explanation evades the peculiarity of Wordsworth’s bequest. Matthew Bevis, Harper's Magazine, "Faintly Risible, Obscurely Resonant," 23 June 2020 Her team is back at their desks and slowly adjusting to the peculiarities of a post-pandemic workplace—new practices that offices globally are likely to weigh in the weeks and months to come. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Inside China’s reopening: A tech founder in Chengdu returns to a changed workplace," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peculiarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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


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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