[ pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar- ]
/ pɪˌkyʊ liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. peculate,
  2. peculation,
  3. peculiar,
  4. peculiar institution,
  5. peculiar people,
  6. peculiarize,
  7. peculium,
  8. pecuniary,
  9. pecuniary advantage,
  10. pecunious

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peculiarity


/ (pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ) /

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



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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