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 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 The coronavirus pandemic is a global catastrophe with local peculiarities. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Anguish and Solidarity of Paris Under Lockdown," 17 Mar. 2020 Two peculiarities to Iran are undercutting its response. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Iran confronts coronavirus amid a ‘battle between science and conspiracy theories’," 29 Mar. 2020 All the drawings and paintings and sculptures and key chains and papier-mâché renderings in existence today were made after his death, and carry with them the tastes and peculiarities of their own ages. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Ghost of Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Independence Movement," 16 Mar. 2020 There are no quirks, tricks, or peculiarities to either round. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The .30/06 vs. the .300 Winchester Magnum," 19 Feb. 2020 The area is relatively hard to get to (there are no direct international flights), but that — like all the area’s peculiarities — ends up being a strength rather than a weakness. Freda Moon, New York Times, "Mexico’s Last Countercultural Coast," 3 Feb. 2020 There's the arcane language to learn, the procedural pitfalls and the preferences and peculiarities of more senior legislators who may seem to control a bill's destiny. Washington Post, "Virginia’s socialist delegate passes his first bill out of the House, two years after taking his seat," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of peculiarity was in 1606

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“Peculiarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 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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