peculiar Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “peculiar” in the English Dictionary

"peculiar" in British English

See all translations

peculiaradjective

uk   /pɪˈkjuː.li.ər/  us   /-ˈkjuːl.jɚ/
  • peculiar adjective (STRANGE)

B2 unusual and ​strange, sometimes in an ​unpleasant way: She has the most peculiar ​ideas. What a peculiar ​smell! It's peculiar that they didn't ​tell us they were going away.UK The ​video on ​roadaccidents made me feelrather peculiar (= ​ill).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • peculiar adjective (BELONGING TO)

C2 belonging to, ​relating to, or ​found in only ​particularpeople or things: He gets on with things in his own peculiar way/​manner/​fashion. They ​noted that ​specialmanner of ​walking that was peculiar to her ​alone. This ​type of ​building is peculiar to the ​south of the ​country.
(Definition of peculiar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peculiar" in American English

See all translations

peculiaradjective [not gradable]

 us   /pɪˈkjul·jər/
unusual and ​strange: The ​copyeditor will ​checktypesize and ​technicaldetails to ​see if anything ​looks peculiar.
characteristicespecially of a ​particularperson, ​group, or thing: Katherine Hepburn’s way of ​talking was peculiar to her.
(Definition of peculiar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of peculiar?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“peculiar” in British English

“peculiar” in American English

Word of the Day

hipster

someone who is very influenced by the most recent ideas and fashions

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More