Peculiar definition

pĭ-kyo͝olyər
Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique.

A species peculiar to the high desert.

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A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own.
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Particular; unique; special.

A matter of peculiar interest.

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Not ordinary or usual; odd or strange.

Noticed a peculiar odor in the room.

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(chiefly british) A church or parish under the jurisdiction of a diocese different from that in which it lies.
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Something belonging to one only, as a privilege.
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Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange.
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The definition of peculiar is something important or of special interest.

An example of peculiar is the specific picture that gets pointed out on a tour.

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Peculiar is defined as something that is different and unusual.

An example of peculiar is a state fair sideshow with strange people.

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Of only one person, thing, group, country, etc.; distinctive; exclusive.

A bird peculiar to Australia.

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(brit.) A church or parish under a jurisdiction other than that of the diocese in which it is located.
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(dated) One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not shared or possessed by others.
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(dated) Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
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Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.

The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.

It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.

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

Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
peculiar
Plural:
peculiars

Origin of peculiar

  • Middle English peculier personal from Latin pecūliāris from pecūlium private property peku- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin peculiaris (“one's own"), from Latin peculium (“private property"), from Latin pecus (“cattle").

    From Wiktionary