pe·​cu·​liar·​i·​ty | \pi-ˌkyül-ˈyer-ə-tē, -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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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 The weirdness may not be monumental, only peculiarities in relatively unimportant happenings. Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 The peculiarity is that there are many players on my team that do have their own club teammates facing them. Brian Straus,, "Ties That Bind World Cup Semifinal Foes France, Belgium Go Beyond Thierry Henry," 9 July 2018 Another of Graves' interests is the study of the human heart, how the peculiarities of one organ's rhythm are indicative of an individual's health and how music might help the patient heal. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Trump’s meeting with Putin will command headlines and think pieces for days, and understandably so; for all Trump’s political peculiarities, his personal relationship with Putin is the most peculiar of all. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Trump and Putin Will Call Their Summit a Success. But Don't Expect U.S.-Russia Relations to Improve," 6 July 2018 Like so much else in Schumann, his rhythms have a quixotic peculiarity easily explained as clumsiness, a broken mind-body connection somewhere along the line. Mark Swed,, "Dudamel untangles the strangeness of Schumann's symphonies," 29 May 2018 Rather than invest in short-term fixes, the family took up residence in the fixer-upper for one year, getting very familiar with its peculiarities. Dawn Margolis Denberg,, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018 Philadelphia is famously a city of neighborhoods, each with its own cherished set of zoning peculiarities, and the Planning Commission is determined to create a customized growth plan for every one of them. Inga Saffron,, "Philadelphia's housing boom finally reaches Mount Airy. Can it avoid the mistakes of other neighborhoods? | Inga Saffron," 17 May 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 \
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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