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pe·cu·liar

 (pĭ-kyo͞ol′yər)
adj.
1. Not ordinary or usual; odd or strange: noticed a peculiar odor in the room. See Synonyms at strange.
2. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique: a species peculiar to the high desert.
n.
1. A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own.
2. Chiefly British A church or parish under the jurisdiction of a diocese different from that in which it lies.

[Middle English peculier, personal, from Latin pecūliāris, from pecūlium, private property; see peku- in Indo-European roots.]

pe·cu′liar·ly adv.

peculiar

(pɪˈkjuːlɪə)
adj
1. strange or unusual; odd: a peculiar individual; a peculiar idea.
2. distinct from others; special
3. (foll by: to) belonging characteristically or exclusively (to): peculiar to North America.
n
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing Also called: arbitrary a special sort, esp an accented letter
5. (Anglicanism) Church of England a church or parish that is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary in whose diocese it lies
[C15: from Latin pecūliāris concerning private property, from pecūlium, literally: property in cattle, from pecus cattle]
peˈculiarly adv

pe•cu•liar

(pɪˈkyul yər)

adj.
1. strange; queer; odd.
2. uncommon; unusual.
3. distinctive in nature or character from others.
4. belonging characteristically or exclusively to some person, group, or thing (often fol. by to): an expression peculiar to Canadians; the peculiar properties of a drug.
n.
5. a property or privilege belonging exclusively to a person.
6. a church or parish of the Church of England under jurisdiction outside of the diocese in which it lies.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin pecūliāris one's own =pecūli(um) property (derivative of pecū flock, farm animals; akin to pecus cattle (see fee)) + -āris -ar1]
pe•cu′liar•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.peculiar - 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"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"
2.peculiar - unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular 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"
specific - (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
3.peculiar - 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
unusual - not usual or common or ordinary; "a scene of unusual beauty"; "a man of unusual ability"; "cruel and unusual punishment"; "an unusual meteorite"
4.peculiar - characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; "the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney
characteristic - typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

peculiar

adjective
3. ill, poorly, sick, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), run down, washed out, unwell, nauseated, queasy, nauseous, off colour (Brit.), under the weather (informal), indisposed, peaky, wabbit (Scot. informal), green about the gills, peely-wally (Scot. informal) All this has made me feel a bit peculiar.
4. (with to) specific to, characteristic of, restricted to, appropriate to, special to, unique to, particular to, endemic to, distinctive of surnames peculiar to this area

peculiar

adjective
2. Causing puzzlement; perplexing:
3. Serving to identify or set apart an individual or group:
Translations
خاصغَريبغَرِيبٌ
podivnýtypickývlastníbizarní
ejendommeligmærkeligsærsærlig
stranga
iseäralikkummalineomapäranetavatu
kummallinenmerkillinenoutopoikkeuksellinenerikoinen
čudan
sérkennandi fyrirundarlegur
変な
특유한
būdingas tiksavitumassavotiškas
dīvains, savādsīpašsraksturīgs
čudaški
underlig
ประหลาด
tuhafacayipgariphasolağandışı
lạ thường

peculiar

[pɪˈkjuːlɪəʳ] ADJ
1. (= strange) → extraño, raro
it's really most peculiares realmente extraño
how very peculiar!¡qué extraño!, ¡qué raro!
I'm feeling a bit peculiarme siento algo raro, no me siento del todo bien
see also funny A2
2. (= exclusive, special) → peculiar
everyone has their own peculiar likes and dislikescada uno tiene sus gustos y manías peculiares or particulares
a species peculiar to Africauna especie que existe únicamente en África
the style of dress peculiar to that period in historyla forma de vestir peculiar or característica or propia de esa época de la historia
this is not a problem peculiar to Britainéste no es un problema exclusivamente británico
in his/her own peculiar waya su modo
in her own peculiar way she was very fond of hima su modo le tenía mucho cariño

peculiar

[pɪˈkjuːliər] adj
(= odd) → bizarre, curieux/euse
He's a peculiar person → Il est bizarre.
It tastes peculiar → Ça a un goût bizarre.
(= particular) peculiar to sth/sb → propre à qch/qn

peculiar

adj
(= strange)seltsam, eigenartig; funny peculiarmerkwürdig-komisch; to feel peculiarsich komisch or seltsam fühlen
(= exclusive, special)eigentümlich; to be peculiar to something (to period, religion, group)für etw eigentümlich sein; a method peculiar to hereine Methode, die nur sie benutzt; an animal peculiar to Africaein Tier, das nur in Afrika vorkommt; his own peculiar styleder ihm eigene Stil; in his own peculiar wayauf die ihm eigene Art und Weise

peculiar

[pɪˈkjuːlɪəʳ] adj
a. (strange, idea, smell) → strano/a, curioso/a
b. (particular, importance, qualities) → particolare
peculiar to → caratteristico/a di, tipico/a di
it is a phrase peculiar to him → è un modo di dire tutto suo

peculiar

(piˈkjuːljə) adjective
1. strange; odd. peculiar behaviour.
2. belonging to one person, place or thing in particular and to no other. customs peculiar to France.
peˌculiˈarity (-ˈӕ-) plural peˌculiˈarities noun
peˈculiarly adverb

peculiar

غَرِيبٌ podivný ejendommelig seltsam αλλόκοτος peculiar kummallinen étrange čudan singolare 変な 특유한 vreemd besynderlig właściwy esquisito своеобразный underlig ประหลาด tuhaf lạ thường 奇特的

peculiar

a. peculiar.
References in classic literature ?
The note of dread in the shouting voice, the practical truth of these words, heard years ago from a man I did not like, have stamped its peculiar character on that gale.
Nothing peculiar about her family antecedents, is there?
The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous.
As if those who are to rule were to have an education peculiar to themselves.
Waterhouse; but as it belongs to the old-world division of the family, and as this island has been frequented by ships for the last hundred and fifty years, I can hardly doubt that this rat is merely a variety produced by the new and peculiar climate, food, and soil, to which it has been subjected.
Thus, he would give a more instructive account of an individual man by stating that he was man than by stating that he was animal, for the former description is peculiar to the individual in a greater degree, while the latter is too general.
Bermuda, on the other hand, which lies at about the same distance from North America as the Galapagos Islands do from South America, and which has a very peculiar soil, does not possess one endemic land bird; and we know from Mr.
Though the long period of a Southern whaling voyage (by far the longest of all voyages now or ever made by man), the peculiar perils of it, and the community of interest prevailing among a company, all of whom, high or low, depend for their profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never mind how much like an old Mesopotamian family these whalemen may, in some primitive instances, live together; for all that, the punctilious externals, at least, of the quarter-deck are seldom materially relaxed, and in no instance done away.
The Author of the Waverley Novels had hitherto proceeded in an unabated course of popularity, and might, in his peculiar district of literature, have been termed L'Enfant G
In my desk you will find a crimson candle, which has been blessed by the High Priest and has a peculiar mystical significance.
The color of the Indian, the writer believes, is peculiar to himself, and while his cheek-bones have a very striking indication of a Tartar origin, his eyes have not.
His emotion on entering the room, in seeing her altered looks, and in receiving the pale hand which she immediately held out to him, was such, as, in Elinor's conjecture, must arise from something more than his affection for Marianne, or the consciousness of its being known to others; and she soon discovered in his melancholy eye and varying complexion as he looked at her sister, the probable recurrence of many past scenes of misery to his mind, brought back by that resemblance between Marianne and Eliza already acknowledged, and now strengthened by the hollow eye, the sickly skin, the posture of reclining weakness, and the warm acknowledgment of peculiar obligation.