- strange; queer; odd: peculiar happenings.
- uncommon; unusual: the peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats.
- distinctive in nature or character from others.
- belonging characteristically (usually followed by to): an expression peculiar to Canadians.
- belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing: the peculiar properties of a drug.
- Astronomy. designating a star or galaxy with special properties that deviates from others of its spectral type or galaxy class.
- a property or privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to a person.
- British. a particular parish or church that is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies and is governed by another.
- peculiars. Also called arbitraries. British Printing. special characters not generally included in standard type fonts, as phonetic symbols, mathematical symbols, etc.
Origin of peculiar
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Examples from the Web for peculiarly
I believe totalitarianism is a peculiarly 20th century idea.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
In the tape, the bull looks bored, wearing that peculiarly vacuous expression that only cows and bulls can know.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
But life has a peculiarly strict mathematical quality to it.Why There Will Always Be Weiners
June 17, 2011
Nonetheless, this is a peculiarly British mess that reflects not just on the company but on the country.Why Is BP's Former Boss a U.K. Hero?
June 10, 2010
Amis-Rage has become a near pathological, peculiarly British compulsion.England's Punching Bag: Martin Amis
February 13, 2010
Those who were initiated were supposed to be peculiarly under the protection of the gods.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Jaques is only sketched in with light strokes, but all his traits are peculiarly Hamlet's traits.The Man Shakespeare
And this was strange, since the Italian restaurant is such a peculiarly British institution.
He drank and relapsed into his peculiarly close manner of silence.
The case of this woman is peculiarly affecting, from other considerations.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- strange or unusual; odda peculiar individual; a peculiar idea
- distinct from others; special
- (postpositive foll by to) belonging characteristically or exclusively (to)peculiar to North America
- Also called: arbitrary printing a special sort, esp an accented letter
- Church of England a church or parish that is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary in whose diocese it lies
Word Origin and History for peculiarly
mid-15c., "belonging exclusively to one person," from Latin peculiaris "of one's own (property)," from peculium "private property," literally "property in cattle" (in ancient times the most important form of property), from pecu "cattle, flock," related to pecus "cattle" (see pecuniary). Meaning "unusual" is first attested c.1600 (earlier "distinguished, special," 1580s; for sense development, cf. idiom). Related: Peculiarly.