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oddity

[od-i-tee] /ˈɒd ɪ ti/
noun, plural oddities for 1, 3.
1.
an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
2.
the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
3.
an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; odd + -ity
Synonyms
1. rarity, curiosity, wonder.
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British Dictionary definitions for oddity

oddity

/ˈɒdɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an odd person or thing
2.
an odd quality or characteristic
3.
the condition of being odd
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Word Origin and History for oddity
n.

1713, "odd characteristic or trait," a hybrid from odd + -ity. Meaning "odd person" is first recorded 1748.

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