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

Simple Definition of phenomenal

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of phenomenal

  1. :  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

phenomenally play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of phenomenal in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. The region's two main communities are Camden, with its very old money and … five-star restaurants and phenomenal B&Bs, and Rockland, a serious old fishing town that hosts the Festival every summer in historic Harbor Park, right along the water. —David Foster Wallace, Gourmet, August 2004

  3. Physical prowess aside, the concentration required on the beam is phenomenal. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 18 Oct. 2000

  4. Given his phenomenal poll numbers in a race he has not yet officially entered … —Julia Reed, Vogue, February 1999

  5. <the phenomenal growth that the suburb has experienced over the last decade>

  6. <the phenomenal ability to remember the names of thousands of people>

Origin of phenomenal

(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 Students

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

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