peculiarity

noun pe·cu·liar·i·ty \ pi-ˌkyül-ˈyer-ə-tē , -ˈya-rə- ; -ˌkyü-lē-ˈer-ə- , -ˈa-rə- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of peculiarity

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

Examples of peculiarity in a Sentence

  1. the peculiarity of his appearance

  2. It is a peculiarity of the house that there is no front door.

  3. her peculiarities as a writer

  4. Scientists tried to explain some peculiarities in the results of the experiment.

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606


PECULIARITY Defined for English Language Learners

peculiarity

noun

Definition of peculiarity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being unusual or peculiar

  • : something that is unusual or peculiar in a person or thing


PECULIARITY Defined for Kids

peculiarity

noun pe·cu·li·ar·i·ty \ pi-ˌkyü-lē-ˈer-ə-tē \

Definition of peculiarity for Students

plural peculiarities
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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