(noun, adjective)


1. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

- the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves

Similar word(s): strange, unusual, curious, funny, odd, rum, rummy, singular

2. unique or specific to a person or thing or category

- a peculiar bond of sympathy between them

- an expression peculiar to Canadians

- rights peculiar to the rich

Similar word(s): specific, particular, special

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

Similar word(s): unusual

4. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

- the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S.

Similar word(s): characteristic

Sentences with peculiar as an adjective:

- The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.

- It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.

- Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.


1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.

2. (Britain, canon law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.