1) N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n A peculiarity that someone or something has is a strange or unusual characteristic or habit.

Joe's other peculiarity was that he was constantly munching hard candy.

2) N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n A peculiarity is a characteristic or quality which belongs or relates only to one person or thing.

Each nation can have its own peculiarities when it comes to doing business.

...a strange peculiarity of the Soviet system.

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  • Peculiarity — Pe*cul iar i*ty, n.; pl. {Peculiarities}. 1. The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity. [1913 Webster] The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peculiarity — index character (personal quality), characteristic, differential, distinction (difference), feature (characteristic), habit …   Law dictionary

  • peculiarity — special characteristic, 1640s, from PECULIAR (Cf. peculiar) + ITY (Cf. ity). Noun meaning an oddity is attested by 1777. Related: Peculiarities …   Etymology dictionary

  • peculiarity — [n] characteristic; oddity abnormality, affectation, attribute, bizarreness, character, distinctiveness, eccentricity, feature, foible, freakishness, gimmick, idiosyncrasy, kink*, mannerism, mark, odd trait, particularity, property, quality,… …   New thesaurus

  • peculiarity — ► NOUN (pl. pecularities) 1) an unusual or distinctive feature or habit. 2) the state of being peculiar …   English terms dictionary

  • peculiarity — [pi kyo͞o΄lē er′ə tē] n. 1. the quality or condition of being peculiar 2. pl. peculiarities something that is peculiar, as a trait or habit …   English World dictionary

  • peculiarity — pe|cu|li|ar|i|ty [pıˌkju:liˈærıti] n plural peculiarities 1.) something that is a feature of only one particular place, person, situation etc peculiarity of ▪ The lack of a written constitution is a peculiarity of the British political system.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peculiarity — noun 1) a legal peculiarity Syn: oddity, anomaly, abnormality 2) a physical peculiarity Syn: idiosyncrasy, mannerism, quirk, foible 3) one of the peculiarities of the city Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • peculiarity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ individual ▪ local VERB + PECULIARITY ▪ have ▪ The area has a few local peculiarities. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • peculiarity — UK [pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærətɪ] / US [pɪˌkjulɪˈerətɪ] noun Word forms peculiarity : singular peculiarity plural peculiarities 1) [countable] a quality or feature that belongs to a particular person, thing, or situation You have to live in the city and… …   English dictionary

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