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Definition of peculiarity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. peculiarities)
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  1. 1[countable] a strange or unusual feature or habit a physical peculiarity He was strongly attracted by her peculiarities of dress and behavior.
  2. 2[countable] a feature that only belongs to one particular person, thing, place, etc. synonym characteristic the cultural peculiarities of Americans A sharp ringing in the ears is a peculiarity of the disease. The fish are dependent for survival on the peculiarities of the environment that they live in.
  3. 3[uncountable] the quality of being strange or unusual
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