|—adj (foll by to)|
|1.||strange or unusual; odd: a peculiar individual; a peculiar idea|
|2.||distinct from others; special|
|3.||belonging characteristically or exclusively (to): peculiar to North America|
|4.||printing Also called: arbitrary a special sort, esp an accented letter|
|5.||Church of England a church or parish that is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary in whose diocese it lies|
|[C15: from Latin pecūliāris concerning private property, from pecūlium, literally: property in cattle, from pecus cattle]|
as used in the phrase "peculiar people" in 1 Pet. 2:9, is derived from the Lat. peculium, and denotes, as rendered in the Revised Version ("a people for God's own possession"), a special possession or property. The church is the "property" of God, his "purchased possession" (Eph. 1:14; R.V., "God's own possession").