American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unusual or eccentric; odd.
- adj. Distinct from all others. See Synonyms at strange.
- adj. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique: rights peculiar to the rich; a species peculiar to this area.
- n. A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own.
- n. Chiefly British A church or parish under the jurisdiction of a diocese different from that in which it lies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One's own; pertaining to one, not to many; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; with to, belonging specially or particularly.
- … Particular; distinct; individual.
- Special; particular; select.
- Singular; unusual; uncommon; odd: as, the man has something peculiar in his manner.
- A religious denomination found in Essex, Sussex, Surrey, and principally in Kent, England, which believes that one may immediately cease from sin and become perfect in moral life and in spiritual perception. They therefore have no preachers, creeds, ordinances, or church organization. They also profess to rely wholly upon prayer for the cure of disease. Also called Plumstead Peculiars, from the place in which the sect originated. Synonyms Particular, etc. See special.
- n. Exclusive property; that which belongs to one to the exclusion of others.
- n. A person or thing that is peculiar: as, the Plumstead Peculiars.
- n. In canon law, a particular parish or church which is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies, such as a royal peculiar (a sovereign's free chapel, exempt from any jurisdiction but that of the sovereign); a parish or church pertaining to an archbishop, bishop, dean, chapter, or prebendary, etc., which is not under the jurisdiction of the bishop of the diocese in which it is situated, but under that of some other archbishop, bishop, dean, etc.
- n. In colonial and provincial Massachusetts, a parish, precinct, or district not yet erected into a town; a portion set off from a town and made independent of it in respect to all or most matters of local administration, but not in respect to choosing a representative to the General Court.
- n. A mistress.
- n. In Oxford, a nickname for an Evangelical.
- adj. Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
- adj. Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation.
- adj. Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
- adj. Unusual; singular; rare; strange.
- n. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
- n. (Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
- adj. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
- adj. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special
- adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
- adj. markedly different from the usual
- From Latin peculiaris ("one's own"), from Latin peculium ("private property"), from Latin pecus ("cattle"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English peculier, personal, from Latin pecūliāris, from pecūlium, private property; see peku- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“House of Commons, and that where he found me before he might find me again; I having had no other object in view than that of expressing, by some peculiar act, the keen sense which I entertained of _peculiar_ injustice, and of endeavouring to bring such additional proofs of that injustice before the House as were not in my possession when I was heard in my defence. ”
“I use the term peculiar, as expressive of the disorganized manner in which I have been compelled to prosecute the work.”
“The Virginia Historical Society, which has been collecting since 1831, owns a surfeit of what it calls "peculiar, perplexing or even grotesque objects" that "provide insight into the hopes, fears, assumptions and practices of the past.”
“Now it turns out that it is a term peculiar to meterologists.”
“From time to time they resume forgotten expressions in their vocabulary, which they restore to use; or they borrow from some particular class of the community a term peculiar to it, which they introduce with a figurative meaning into the language of daily life.”
“Mohammedans take as a title peculiar to themselves.”
“Be that as it may, it is shady, elegant, convenient, luxuriant, and snug; a term peculiar to English comfort, and not translated into any other language.”
“Others fold the sheets with an evenness and rapidity that only long practice can give; others, again, stamp each sheet in the corner with a die; and still others fold the reams -- after they have been pressed together -- into the pretty, colored wrappers prepared for them, sealing them with wax, and putting the packages, two together, into heavy brown papers, which are closed with the label peculiar to the special brand of paper.”
“It is true that, long before this epoch, the Bifhop of Rome had been (tiled Pope or Father, but fo were the Bilhops of Jerufalem, Antioch and Alex - andria; nor was the title peculiar to them.”
“_ronquedue_, WOLF does not give "_ronkedor_" as a term peculiar to that section of the island; but both there and elsewhere, it is obsolete at the present day, unless it be open to conjecture that the modern term”
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