peculiar Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"peculiar" in British English

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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).
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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

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peculiaradjective [not gradable]

 us   /pɪˈkjul·jər/

peculiar adjective [not gradable] (STRANGE)

unusual and ​strange: The ​copyeditor will ​checktypesize and ​technicaldetails to ​see if anything ​looks peculiar.

peculiar adjective [not gradable] (BELONGING TO)

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)
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