Definition of peculiarity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɪˌkjuːliˈærəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪˌkjuːliˈærəti//
    (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 behaviour.
  2. 2[countable] a feature that only belongs to one particular person, thing, place, etc. synonym characteristic the cultural peculiarities of the English 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
  4. Extra examples The area has a few local peculiarities. Despite its peculiarities the car was very reliable. Many nicknames describe physical peculiarities. The problem is to know which features of a plant are individual peculiarities and which are characteristics of the species.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peculiarity