Dictionary

exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ik-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

: not usual : unusual or uncommon

: unusually good : much better than average

: mentally or physically disabled

Full Definition of EXCEPTIONAL

1
:  forming an exception :  rare <an exceptional number of rainy days>
2
:  better than average :  superior <exceptional skill>
3
:  deviating from the norm: as
a :  having above or below average intelligence
b :  physically disabled
ex·cep·tion·al·i·ty \-ˌsep-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
ex·cep·tion·al·ness noun
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of EXCEPTIONAL

  1. We're bending the rules for this exceptional situation.
  2. an exceptional student in math
  3. The seafood dishes at this restaurant are exceptional.
  4. a separate school for exceptional children

First Known Use of EXCEPTIONAL

1787
EXCEPTIONALNESS Defined for Kids

exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ik-ˈsep-shə-nəl\

Definition of EXCEPTIONAL for Kids

1
:  being unusual <an exceptional amount of rain>
2
:  better than average :  superior
ex·cep·tion·al·ly adverb

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: exceptionalismPrevious Word in the Dictionary: exceptionableAll Words Near: exceptional
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears