peculiarity

[pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar-]

noun, plural pe·cu·li·ar·i·ties.

a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.
oddity; singularity; eccentricity.
a distinguishing quality or characteristic.
the quality or condition of being peculiar.

Origin of peculiarity

From the Late Latin word pecūliāritās, dating back to 1600–10. See peculiar, -ity

Synonyms for peculiarity

1. idiosyncrasy. See eccentricity. 2. irregularity. 3. See feature.
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peculiarity

noun plural -ties

a strange or unusual habit or characteristic
a distinguishing trait, etc that is characteristic of a particular person; idiosyncrasy
the state or quality of being peculiar
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Word Origin and History for peculiarity
n.

c.1600, "exclusive possession;" 1640s, "special characteristic," from peculiar + -ity, or else from Latin peculiaritas. Meaning "an oddity" is attested by 1777. Related: Peculiarities.

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