Adjective "peculiar" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Different to what is normal or expected; strange.
  1. 'Stella thought the play peculiar'
  2. 'She was peculiar, different to the girls he had taken vague interest in before.'
  3. 'Treating it like a big thing suggests that there's something different or peculiar about it.'
  4. 'His stress level rose and his peculiar behaviour became increasingly bizarre.'
  5. 'He was different; he was peculiar in the most conceivably beautiful way.'
  6. 'He seemed weird but the strangest thing about this peculiar man was his clothing.'
  7. 'She noticed something different, something quite peculiar as they were dancing.'
  8. 'There was something peculiar about the stranger before them, but he couldn't figure it out.'
  9. 'Sometimes the images appear to be strangely illuminated or may be seen from a peculiar angle.'
  10. 'He would regale us of tales about the rich and famous, their peculiar ways and their strange vices.'
  11. 'The young woman thought this style of dress very peculiar and abnormal.'
  12. 'Feeling a little peculiar from the encounter, Carly shuddered and led the way back inside, Chelsea and Ivy bringing up the rear.'
Particular; special.
  1. 'They are dependent upon the peculiar circumstances of the particular case, what should or should not have been the outcome of a discretionary judgment.'
  2. 'Your Honour has seen the particular peculiar financial circumstances that they are in and there is no suggestion that that financial position is not as set out.'
  3. 'This indicates one aspect of the peculiar difficulty of police research.'
  4. 'Now, I'm not sure if all people do this, or whether it's something peculiar to my family.'
  5. 'The culture of binge drinking is peculiar to Britain and the law is partly to blame.'
  6. 'The issue of street vending is not only peculiar to Zambia alone but to many other countries.'
  7. 'Everywhere you go you have an increase in crime so it is not peculiar to St Lucia.'
  8. 'But you look at the schedules and you can see it is a real problem for everyone - this is not peculiar to Scotland.'


A parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese in which it lies, and subject to the direct jurisdiction of the monarch or an archbishop.
  1. 'The abbey is a so-called royal peculiar, one of a handful of churches under the Queen's direct control.'


1. strange; queer; 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 followed by to): an expression peculiar to Canadians.

5. belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing: the peculiar properties of a drug.

6. Astronomy. designating a star or galaxy with special properties that deviates from others of its spectral type or

More examples(as adjective)

"grimes can be peculiar in things."

"ways can be peculiar to groups."

"types can be peculiar to novels."

"ticses can be peculiar to individuals."

"tactics can be peculiar to countries."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘particular’): from Latin peculiaris ‘of private property’, from peculium ‘property’, from pecu ‘cattle’ (cattle being private property). The sense ‘strange’ dates from the early 17th century.