Definitions for peculiarpɪˈkyul yər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pe•cu•liarpɪˈkyul yər(adj.)

  1. strange; queer; odd.

  2. uncommon; unusual.

  3. distinctive in nature or character from others.

  4. belonging characteristically or exclusively to some person, group, or thing ( often fol. by to):

    an expression peculiar to Canadians; the peculiar properties of a drug.

  5. (n.)a property or privilege belonging exclusively to a person.

  6. a church or parish of the Church of England under jurisdiction outside of the diocese in which it lies.

    Category: Religion

Origin of peculiar:

1400–50; late ME < L pecūliāris one's own =pecūli(um) property (der. of pecū flock, farm animals; akin to pecus cattle (see fee )) +-āris -ar1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular(adj)

    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

    "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior"

  2. particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)(adj)

    unique or specific to a person or thing or category

    "the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair"

  3. peculiar(adj)

    markedly different from the usual

    "a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats"; "a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"-Virginia Woolf

  4. peculiar(a)(adj)

    characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

    "the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. peculiar(adjective)ɪˈkyul yər

    strange, especially in an unpleasant way

    There was something a little peculiar about her.; a peculiar texture/feeling/manner

  2. peculiarɪˈkyul yər

    typical of or specific to

    diseases that are peculiar to certain cultures


  1. peculiar(Adjective)

    Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.

    It's rather peculiar to see a Kangaroo outside of a zoo in America.

  2. peculiar(Adjective)

    Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.

    Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peculiar(adj)

    one's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation

  2. Peculiar(adj)

    particular; individual; special; appropriate

  3. Peculiar(adj)

    unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiarappearance

  4. Peculiar(noun)

    that which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic

  5. Peculiar(noun)

    a particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary


  1. Peculiar

    Peculiar is an album by the New York City ska band The Slackers. It was released on Hellcat Records in 2006.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peculiar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4496

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peculiar' in Adjectives Frequency: #782

Translations for peculiar

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


strange; odd

peculiar behaviour.

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