adjective phe·nom·e·nal \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

Synonym Discussion of PHENOMENAL

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping <material values>. physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary <the physical benefits of exercise>. corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force <artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings>. phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction <scientists concerned with the phenomenal world>. sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses <the earth's rotation is not sensible to us>. objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it <no objective evidence of damage>.

Rhymes with PHENOMENAL

PHENOMENAL Defined for Kids


adjective phe·nom·e·nal \fi-ˈnä-mə-nəl\

Definition of PHENOMENAL for Kids

:  very remarkable :  extraordinary <He has a phenomenal memory.>


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