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EXTRAORDINARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extraordinary mean? 

EXTRAORDINARY (adjective)
  The adjective EXTRAORDINARY has 3 senses:

1. beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
2. far more than usual or expected
3. (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials

  Familiarity information: EXTRAORDINARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXTRAORDINARY (adjective)


Sense 1extraordinary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

Context examples:

extraordinary authority / an extraordinary achievement / her extraordinary beauty / enjoyed extraordinary popularity / an extraordinary capacity for work / an extraordinary session of the legislature

Similar:

great (remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect)

one (used informally as an intensifier)

preternatural; uncanny (surpassing the ordinary or normal)

pyrotechnic (suggestive of fireworks)

rare; uncommon (marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind)

remarkable; singular (unusual or striking)

some (remarkable)

special (for a special service or occasion)

awful; frightful; terrible; tremendous (extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact)

fantastic; phenomenal (exceedingly or unbelievably great)

wonderworking (performing or able to perform wonders or miracles)

bonzer (remarkable or wonderful)

exceeding; exceptional; olympian; prodigious; surpassing (far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree)

extraorinaire (extraordinary in a particular capacity)

fantastic; grand; howling; marvellous; marvelous; rattling; terrific; tremendous; wonderful; wondrous (extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers)

Also:

unusual (not usual or common or ordinary)

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)

incomparable; uncomparable (such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared)

Attribute:

mundaneness; mundanity; ordinariness (the quality of being commonplace and ordinary)

Antonym:

ordinary (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree)


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Meaning:

Far more than usual or expected

Synonyms:

over-the-top; extraordinary; sinful

Context examples:

an extraordinary desire for approval / it was an over-the-top experience

Similar:

immoderate (not within reasonable limits)


Sense 3extraordinary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials

Context example:

an ambassador extraordinary

Similar:

unusual (not usual or common or ordinary)


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