Definition of peculiar in English:

peculiar

Syllabification: pe·cu·liar
Pronunciation: /pəˈkyo͞olyər
 
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adjective

1Strange or odd; unusual: his accent was a peculiar mixture of Cockney and Irish
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  • He seemed weird but the strangest thing about this peculiar man was his clothing.
  • Plants of different kinds grow in peculiar spots, including wheelbarrows, also adding to the special botanic atmosphere.
  • But if you can keep a certain degree of objectivity then you can see how peculiar and strange it is.
Synonyms
1.1 [predicative] informal Slightly and indefinably unwell; faint or dizzy: I felt a little peculiar for a while, but I’m absolutely fine now
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  • Feeling a little peculiar from the encounter, Carly shuddered and led the way back inside, Chelsea and Ivy bringing up the rear.
  • I pulled myself up a bit and found that my head also felt peculiar.
2 [predicative] (peculiar to) Belonging exclusively to: the air hung with an antiseptic aroma peculiar to hospitals
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  • That is not peculiar to New Zealand; it is true in almost every developed country in the world that I am aware of.
  • This is true, but these values are not peculiar to Britain, and it is hard to see why we have to become patriots in order to invoke them.
  • No doubt there are problems arising from the role of the drug companies in medical research, but these are not peculiar to vaccines.
Synonyms
characteristic of, typical of, representative of, indicative of, suggestive of, exclusive to, unique to
2.1 formal Particular; special: any attempt to explicate the theme is bound to run into peculiar difficulties
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  • This indicates one aspect of the peculiar difficulty of police research.
  • All of them are unique and have their peculiar features.
  • They are dependent upon the peculiar circumstances of the particular case, what should or should not have been the outcome of a discretionary judgment.
Synonyms

noun

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A parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese in which it lies, through being subject to the jurisdiction of the monarch or an archbishop.
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  • Yet others, founded by kings or bishops as their own, were later known as ‘peculiars’, withdrawn from ordinary diocesan jurisdiction.
  • The abbey is a so-called royal peculiar, one of a handful of churches under the Queen's direct control.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'particular, special'): from Latin peculiaris 'of private property', from peculium 'property', from pecu 'cattle' (cattle being private property). The sense 'odd' dates from the early 17th century.

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