extraordinary


ex·traor·di·nary

adjective \ik-ˈstrr-də-ˌner-ē, ˌek-strə-ˈr-\

: very unusual : very different from what is normal or ordinary

: extremely good or impressive

Full Definition of EXTRAORDINARY

1
a :  going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
b :  exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>
c of a financial transaction :  nonrecurring
2
:  employed for or sent on a special function or service <an ambassador extraordinary>
ex·traor·di·nari·ly \ik-ˌstrr-də-ˈner-ə-lē, ˌek-strə-ˌr-\ adverb
ex·traor·di·nari·ness \ik-ˈstrr-də-ˌner-ē-nəs, ˌek-strə-ˈr-\ noun

Examples of EXTRAORDINARY

  1. The researchers made an extraordinary discovery.
  2. The race is an extraordinary event.
  3. A polymer based on the elastic protein that enables fleas to perform their extraordinary jumping feats has been synthesized. The material … is, perhaps unsurprisingly, rubbery and highly resilient; indeed, some of its properties exceed those of a material used to make bouncy balls for the playground. —Rosamund Daw, Nature, 13 Oct. 2005

Origin of EXTRAORDINARY

Middle English extraordinarie, from Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem out of course, from extra + ordinem, accusative of ordin-, ordo order
First Known Use: 15th century

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