Definition of peculiar people in English:

peculiar people


  • 1In Christian use, applied to those chosen by God for salvation (the elect); also to the members of the Christian Church, or of a particular Christian sect or denomination, regarded as such.

  • 2Applied to the Jewish people.

  • 3Usually in form Peculiar People. (The members of) an evangelical Christian denomination founded in Essex in 1838 and rejecting medicine in favour of faith healing. Now historical.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Fabyan (d. 1513), chronicler. From peculiar + people.


peculiar people

/pɪˌkjuːlɪə ˈpiːpl/