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peculiar adj
1 beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior" [syn: curious, funny, odd, queer, rum, rummy, singular]
2 unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the particular demands of the job"; "has a paraticular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair" [syn: particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)]
3 markedly different from the usual; "a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats"; "a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman"-Virginia Woolf
4 characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; "the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney [syn: peculiar(a)]

User Contributed Dictionary




From peculiaris.


  1. Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
    It's rather peculiar to see a Kangaroo outside of a zoo in America.
  2. Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.
    Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.




out of the ordinary
common or usual for a particular place or circumstance

Extensive Definition

Peculiar may refer to:
  • In the Church of England, a Peculiar, (or Peculier) is an extra-diocesan place of worship

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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