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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pe·cul·iar, n.
 1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
    Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven.   --South.
 2. Eng. Canon Law A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
 Court of Peculiars Eng. Law, a branch of the Court of Arches having cognizance of the affairs of peculiars. --Blackstone.
 Dean of peculiars. See under Dean, 1.