Origin of peculiar
Examples from the Web for peculiar
Life is a series of seemingly throwaway moments strung together in a peculiar tapestry, and Linklater has captured it beautifully.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Because the shop was emblematic of that peculiar Italian institution known as La Faccia: i.e. presenting the best face possible.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the semifinals, she was in a peculiar position for someone of Jeopardy!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The remainder is “peculiar” motion: movement of galaxies as dictated by the presence of matter nearby.
“When I first met Ed, I thought he was a peculiar guy, but when I got my hands on the book, it was masterful,” Osse said.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment|Daniel Genis|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They all had beards, which were dressed in a peculiar way in plaits.A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder|James De Mille
The phenomenon of variable motion is not, however, peculiar to the red spot.Other Worlds|Garrett P. Serviss
Wood and iron both have their peculiar advantages and disadvantages.Inventions in the Century|William Henry Doolittle
You look upon a scene which is peculiar to this part of Iowa alone.Some Winter Days in Iowa|Frederick John Lazell
The gun was just in position when a peculiar incident occurred.New Zealanders at Gallipoli|Major Fred Waite
British Dictionary definitions for peculiar
Word Origin for peculiar
Word Origin and History for peculiar
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.