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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pe•cu•liar /pɪˈkyulyɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. strange;
    odd:a peculiar noise coming from the car engine.
  2. characteristic of some person, group, or thing:the peculiar properties of that drug.[be + ~ + to]an expression that is peculiar to Canadians.
pe•cu•liar•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pe•cu•liar  (pi kyo̅o̅lyər),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. strange;
    odd:peculiar happenings.
  2. uncommon;
    unusual:the peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats.
  3. distinctive in nature or character from others.
  4. belonging characteristically (usually fol. by to):an expression peculiar to Canadians.
  5. belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing:the peculiar properties of a drug.
  6. Astronomydesignating a star or galaxy with special properties that deviates from others of its spectral type or galaxy class.

  1. a property or privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to a person.
  2. British Terms, Religiona particular parish or church that is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies and is governed by another.
  3. British Terms, Printingpeculiars. Also called  arbitraries. special characters not generally included in standard type fonts, as phonetic symbols, mathematical symbols, etc.
pe•culiar•ly, adv. 
  • Latin pecūliāris as one's own, equivalent. to pecūli(um) property (derivative of pecū flock, farm animals; akin to pecus cattle (see fee)) + -āris -ar1
  • 1400–50; late Middle English;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged eccentric, bizarre. See  strange. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extraordinary, singular, exceptional.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged individual, personal, particular, special, unique.
    • 2, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged common.

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peculiar /pɪˈkjuːlɪə/ adj
  1. strange or unusual; odd: a peculiar individual, a peculiar idea
  2. distinct from others; special
  3. (postpositive) followed by to: belonging characteristically or exclusively (to): peculiar to North America
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin pecūliāris concerning private property, from pecūlium, literally: property in cattle, from pecus cattle

peˈculiarly adv

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