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Definition of "peculiar" []

  • Unusual or eccentric; odd. (adjective)
  • Distinct from all others. See Synonyms at strange. (adjective)
  • Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique: rights peculiar to the rich; a species peculiar to this area. (adjective)
  • A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A church or parish under the jurisdiction of a diocese different from that in which it lies. (noun)
  • Strange or unusual; odd (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Distinct from others; special (adjective)
  • Belonging characteristically or exclusively (to) (adjective)
  • A special sort, esp an accented letter (noun)
  • A church or parish that is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary in whose diocese it lies (noun)

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Use "peculiar" in a sentence
  • "House of Commons, and that where he found me before he might find me again; I having had no other object in view than that of expressing, by some peculiar act, the keen sense which I entertained of _peculiar_ injustice, and of endeavouring to bring such additional proofs of that injustice before the House as were not in my possession when I was heard in my defence. ""
  • "I use the term peculiar, as expressive of the disorganized manner in which I have been compelled to prosecute the work."
  • "The Virginia Historical Society, which has been collecting since 1831, owns a surfeit of what it calls "peculiar, perplexing or even grotesque objects" that "provide insight into the hopes, fears, assumptions and practices of the past.""