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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This peculiarity is just one that Sarah Fay explores in this piece. Kara Devlin, Longreads, 20 May 2022 Which highlights the peculiarity of the U.S. political economy with regard to anti-competitive behavior and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, spurred in part by the Standard Oil Trust. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The peculiarity of his appearance preoccupied everyone. New York Times, 3 May 2022 That could reflect a peculiarity of the data, according to Cooke. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2022 One peculiarity of European aristocrats is that their names pile up, like snowdrifts. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Either way, there’s appreciation for the peculiarity of what’s happening here, where the yards that once poured pillars of black smoke into smoggy Beijing are shooting Olympians skyward instead. Jake Seiner,, 7 Feb. 2022 Also note: a peculiarity regarding the year’s best movie ripples throughout the categories. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 Still another peculiarity of an election in the midst of an indictment may be the importance of endorsements. Emily Opilo,, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of peculiarity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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