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 charming idiosyncrasy is only the first of his peculiarities. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "‘The Doll Factory’ is a guilty pleasure wrapped around a provocative history lesson," 6 Aug. 2019 But the scientists behind this discovery, hesitant to confirm that the new find is an exomoon due to some of its peculiarities, say more observation is needed. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Wandering moons called 'ploonets' could be the culprits behind astronomical mysteries," 17 July 2019 In many other urban contexts, peculiarity is bridled and concealed behind closed doors. Giulia Barcaro, National Geographic, "Meet the local legends of this Italian town by the sea," 3 Apr. 2019 That means combining its models of global climate with an understanding of local peculiarity. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 In contrast, the quality of light dials up the sense of peculiarity. Mark Feeney,, "Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’," 12 June 2019 And forgotten in the peculiarity and somber mood of Game 5 was the fact that the Raptors had the ball with a chance to win the game and couldn’t come through. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 All the theory does is reflect that innate peculiarity, right? Quanta Magazine, "Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch," 13 Feb. 2019 Some peculiarity on which the public can’t help but gaze. Graham Hillard, National Review, "O. J. Simpson Joins Twitter," 28 June 2019

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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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