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, 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

Wiktionary

  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

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. Thomas Jefferson:

    Every species of government has its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more peculiar than those of any other in the universe. It is a composition of the freest principles of the English constitution, with others derived from natural right and natural reason.

  2. Warren Buffett:

    I personally think that society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I've earned. If you stick me down in the middle of Bangladesh or Peru or someplace, you find out how much this talent is going to produce in the wrong kind of soil... I work in a market system that happens to reward what I do very well - disproportionately well. Mike Tyson, too. If you can knock a guy out in 10 seconds and earn $10 million for it, this world will pay a lot for that. If you can bat .360, this world will pay a lot for that. If you're a marvelous teacher, this world won't pay a lot for it. If you are a terrific nurse, this world will not pay a lot for it. Now, am I going to try to come up with some comparable worth system that somehow (re)distributes that? No, I don't think you can do that. But I do think that when you're treated enormously well by this market system, where in effect the market system showers the ability to buy goods and services on you because of some peculiar talent - maybe your adenoids are a certain way, so you can sing and everybody will pay you enormous sums to be on television or whatever -I think society has a big claim on that.

  3. Erik Meyersson:

    Some of Erdogan's more drastic authoritarian moves are likely the result of political survival instincts, in practice, this would mean retaining control over leadership of the party - somewhat peculiar given that he's not the official head of the party any more - and appointing lieutenants personally loyal to himself.

  4. Goethe:

    Every bird has its decoy, and every man is led and misled in his own peculiar way.

  5. Shannan Velayas:

    This is moving from a peculiar fringe curiosity to a violent extremist movement.

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