[[t]pɪˌkyu liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær-[/t]] n. pl. -ties
1) a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual
2) oddity; singularity; eccentricity
3) a distinguishing quality or characteristic
4) the quality or condition of being peculiar
Etymology: 1600–10; < LL pecūliāritās. See peculiar, -ity syn: See eccentricity See also feature

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