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[od-i-tee] /ˈɒd ɪ ti/
noun, plural oddities for 1, 3.
an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.
Origin of oddity
1705-15; odd + -ity
1. rarity, curiosity, wonder. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They not only explained his absence, but also excused the oddity of his present behavior.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • The said nephew was a rich man and an oddity; one of those who love to surprise folk.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Deschartres, an oddity himself, cared for none of these things.

  • Obviously a character, an oddity, I said to myself as I passed out of the hotel.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Somehow her cleverness and her oddity always kept the spotlight focussed upon her.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for oddity


noun (pl) -ties
an odd person or thing
an odd quality or characteristic
the condition of being odd
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oddity

1713, "odd characteristic or trait," a hybrid from odd + -ity. Meaning "odd person" is first recorded 1748.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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