adjective un·com·mon \ˌən-ˈkä-mən\

: not often found, seen, or experienced

: not ordinary : remarkable or exceptional

Full Definition of UNCOMMON

:  not ordinarily encountered :  unusual <an uncommon plant>
:  remarkable, exceptional <a soldier of uncommon courage>
un·com·mon·ly adverb
un·com·mon·ness \-mən-nəs\ noun

Examples of UNCOMMON

  1. It is not uncommon for people to become depressed after they retire.
  2. an athlete with uncommon ability
  3. a soldier of uncommon courage
  4. She is an uncommon woman.

First Known Use of UNCOMMON

circa 1576

Synonym Discussion of UNCOMMON

infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time <infrequent family visits>. uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation <smallpox is now uncommon in many countries>. scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance <jobs were scarce during the Depression>. rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value <rare first editions>. sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts <sporadic cases of influenza>.
UNCOMMONLY Defined for Kids


adjective un·com·mon \ˌən-ˈkä-mən\

Definition of UNCOMMON for Kids

:  not often found or seen :  unusual <an uncommon bird>
:  not ordinary :  remarkable <uncommon ability> <uncommon courage>
un·com·mon·ly adverb <It was an uncommonly cold summer.>


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