Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Private property; a private purse; specifically, in Roman law, that which was given by a father or master to his son, daughter, or slave, as his or her private property

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rom. Law) The saving of a son or a slave with the father's or master's consent; a little property or stock of one's own; any exclusive personal or separate property.
  • noun A special fund for private and personal uses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, historical The savings of a son or a slave, with the father's or master's consent; a little property or stock of one's own.
  • noun A special fund for private and personal uses.

Etymologies

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Latin. See peculiar.

Examples

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  • n.¹, A private possession; that which a particular individual owns or has been allocated; the particular concern of an individual (plural peculia).

    n.², (in Roman law:) The property allowed by the paterfamilias to a family member, or a master to his slave, to hold and administer, and, within limits, to alienate, as though it were his or her own.

    September 1, 2008

  • When Lexicographers Go Bad

    His offer she called "An amusing sum!"

    Her exit conveyed her opprobrium.

    To the lobby she flounced

    And loudly announced,

    "He's sure got a puny peculium!"

    June 9, 2015