adjective \fi-ˈnä-mə-nəl\

: very good or great : unusual in a way that is very impressive

Full Definition of PHENOMENAL

:  relating to or being a phenomenon: as
a :  known through the senses rather than through thought or intuition
b :  concerned with phenomena rather than with hypotheses
c :  extraordinary, remarkable
phe·nom·e·nal·ly \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of PHENOMENAL

  1. <the phenomenal growth that the suburb has experienced over the last decade>
  2. <the phenomenal ability to remember the names of thousands of people>
  3. The catch soared year after year, reaching a peak of 1.6 billion pounds in 1956. But not even the fish's phenomenal fecundity could sustain them under this industrial onslaught. —Bruce Franklin, Mother Jones, March & April 2006


(see phenomenon)
First Known Use: 1825

Rhymes with PHENOMENAL


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