What does peculiar mean?

Definitions for peculiar
pɪˈkyul yərpe·cu·liar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singularadjective

    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)adjective

    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. peculiaradjective

    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)adjective

    characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

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

Wiktionary

  1. peculiaradjective

    Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.

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

  2. peculiaradjective

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

    Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PECULIARadjective

    Etymology: peculiaris, from peculium, Lat. pecule, Fr.

    I agree with Sir William Temple, that the word humour is peculiar to our English tongue; but not that the thing itself is peculiar to the English, because the contrary may be found in many Spanish, Italian and French productions. Jonathan Swift.

    The only sacred hymns they are that christianity hath peculiar unto itself, the other being songs too of praise and of thanksgiving, but songs wherewith as we serve God, so the Jews likewise. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 39.

    Space and duration being ideas that have something very abstruse and peculiar in their nature, the comparing them one with another may be of use for their illustration. John Locke.

    One peculiar nation to select
    From all the rest, of whom to be invok’d. John Milton.

    I neither fear, nor will provoke the war;
    My fate is Juno’s most peculiar care. Dryden.

  2. Peculiarnoun

    By tincture or reflection, they augment
    Their small peculiar. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Revenge is so absolutely the peculiar of heaven, that no consideration whatever can empower even the best men to assume the execution of it. Robert South, Sermons.

    Certain peculiars there are, some appertaining to the dignities of the cathredral church at Exon. Carew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peculiaradjective

    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. Peculiaradjective

    particular; individual; special; appropriate

  3. Peculiaradjective

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

  4. Peculiarnoun

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

  5. Peculiarnoun

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

Freebase

  1. Peculiar

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peculiar

    pē-kūl′yar, adj. one's own: belonging to no other: appropriate: particular: odd, uncommon, strange.—n. (obs.) private property: a parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it is placed.—v.t. Pecul′iarise, to set apart.—n. Peculiar′ity, quality of being peculiar or singular: that which is found in one and in no other: that which marks a person off from others: individuality.—adv. Pecul′iarly.—n. Pecū′lium, private property, esp. that given by a father to a son, &c.—Peculiar people, the people of Israel: a sect of faith-healers, founded in London in 1838, who reject medical aid in cases of disease, and rely on anointing with oil by the elders, and on prayer, with patient nursing. [Fr.,—L. peculiarispeculium, private property.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peculiar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peculiar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of peculiar in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Global peace, justice, equality, and harmony lie in honest and fair policies; otherwise, the unpleasant odour of distinctions and selfish and peculiar interests eliminates the context and concept of peace, justice, equality, and harmony.

  2. Lisa Henson:

    Brian Froud was doing completely original, wildly strange designs on behalf of the series i think if anybody had been hired to copy Brian Froud style, they never would have made the leaps and peculiar choices that Brian Froud did, and so we really benefited from having Brian Froud -- not just a' Brian Froud look' -- for the series... Brian Froud not only designed all the characters and the world and the movie, but Brian Froud then sat in the Creature Shop and supervised how everything got built to match Brian Froud look.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    You have something that no one else has or has ever had. Yes! as a matter of fact, you were born separately. And that's why, your fingerprint is unique, your brain is outstanding, your acumen is peculiar, your reasoning is unprecedented. In other words, everything about you is unusual or uncommon. Now that infers, you've got to be unique and remain unique in all your endeavours. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Hannah Arendt:

    Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.

  5. Hamid Dabashi:

    What is peculiar about his art is that he’s both a rootedly Iranian artist in terms of his landscape, his urban sensibilities, his cinematography, but he’s also managed to raise those Iranian aspects to moments of universality.

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