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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But that method just wouldn't work for these slow-growing, long-living fish because of peculiarities in how the sharks grow cartilage. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "There Is a Shark That Can Live for 400 Years," 11 Aug. 2016 And Blue Peacock's name wasn't the end of its peculiarities. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 Still, this Blanc studio represents the best of the best, so a young dance phenom from rural Ohio named Susie (Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades) wouldn’t want to be anywhere else even as the peculiarities begin to reveal themselves. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 Any car will wear its tires in different ways just because of the peculiarities of that particular car's suspension or alignment. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Rotate Your Tires," 13 Dec. 2018 Soon, the company had 20 million users in the country — despite the fact that, due to peculiarities of the local language and Unicode, its non-Burmese speaking moderators had very little insight into what was happening on the platform. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 In June, The Verge reported on the peculiarity of Elon’s Musk’s fans. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Elon Musk: “Tesla cannot die”," 2 Nov. 2018 But every printer comes with its own peculiarities, often reflected by its filament type and nozzle size. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researcher Discovers Way to Trace 3D-Printed Guns—With a Few Caveats," 15 Oct. 2018 And in 1994, the start of the streak, tactical peculiarities from coach Miguel Mejia Baron contributed to a 1-1 tie with Bulgaria after extra time, with a 3-1 defeat on penalty kicks to follow. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why the World Cup hurts so much for Mexico," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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