peculiar

[ pi-kyool-yer ]
/ pɪˈkyul yər /

adjective

noun

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Origin of peculiar

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; from Latin pecūliāris “as one's own,” equivalent to pecūli(um) “property” (derivative of pecū “flock, farm animals”; akin to pecus “cattle” (see fee)) + -āris-ar1

synonym study for peculiar

1. See strange.

OTHER WORDS FROM peculiar

pe·cu·liar·ly, adverbun·pe·cu·liar, adjectiveun·pe·cu·liar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for peculiar

peculiar
/ (pɪˈkjuːlɪə) /

adjective

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

noun

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

Derived forms of peculiar

peculiarly, adverb

Word Origin for peculiar

C15: from Latin pecūliāris concerning private property, from pecūlium, literally: property in cattle, from pecus cattle
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