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UNCOMMON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does uncommon mean? 

UNCOMMON (adjective)
  The adjective UNCOMMON has 2 senses:

1. not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind
2. marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind

  Familiarity information: UNCOMMON used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNCOMMON (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

Context examples:

uncommon birds / frost and floods are uncommon during these months / doing an uncommon amount of business / an uncommon liking for money / he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability

Similar:

especial; exceptional; particular; special (surpassing what is common or usual or expected)

rare (not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness)

red carpet; red-carpet (special treatment or hospitality)

unusual (not commonly encountered)

unwonted (out of the ordinary)

Also:

unusual (not usual or common or ordinary)

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)

Attribute:

commonness; commonplaceness; everydayness (ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace)

Antonym:

common (having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual)


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Meaning:

Marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind

Synonyms:

uncommon; rare

Context examples:

what is so rare as a day in June / a rare skill / an uncommon sense of humor / she was kind to an uncommon degree

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


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