extraordinary Definition

  • 1very unusual or remarkable
  • 2beyond what is usual or ordinary
  • 3exceptional

Using extraordinary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "extraordinary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The view from the top of the mountain was extraordinary.

  • Example

    She has an extraordinary talent for music.

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    The company made an extraordinary effort to meet the deadline.

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    The storm caused extraordinary damage to the city.

extraordinary Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for extraordinary

Idioms Using extraordinary

  • a situation that is normal or typical, without anything unusual or unexpected happening


    The meeting was nothing out of the ordinary, just a routine update on the project.

  • a person who possesses exceptional qualities or abilities


    She is an extraordinary person, with a talent for languages and a deep understanding of different cultures.

  • an experience that is unusual or remarkable in some way


    Visiting the Grand Canyon was an extraordinary experience that I will never forget.

Phrases with extraordinary

  • extraordinary circumstances

    unusual or exceptional situations that require special attention or action


    Due to extraordinary circumstances, the event has been postponed.

  • extraordinary measures

    unusual or extreme actions taken in order to achieve a particular goal or outcome


    The government has taken extraordinary measures to combat the spread of the virus.

  • the practice of transferring a person suspected of terrorism to a foreign country where they may be subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment


    The use of extraordinary rendition has been widely criticized by human rights organizations.

Origins of extraordinary

from Latin 'extraordinarius', meaning 'out of the ordinary'


Summary: extraordinary in Brief

The term 'extraordinary' [ɪkˈstrɔːd(ə)n(ə)ri] refers to something that is very unusual or remarkable, beyond what is usual or ordinary. It can describe people, talents, efforts, or situations, as in 'She has an extraordinary talent for music.' 'Extraordinary' extends into phrases like 'extraordinary circumstances,' and idioms like 'an extraordinary person,' denoting exceptional qualities. It is the opposite of 'nothing out of the ordinary,' and synonyms include 'remarkable' and 'exceptional.'

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