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

noun, plural peculiarities.
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 .
noun (pl) -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

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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