exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ ik-ˈsep-shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of exceptional

1 :forming an exception :rare
  • an exceptional number of rainy days
2 :better than average :superior
  • exceptional skill
3 :deviating from the norm: such as
a :having above or below average intelligence
b :physically disabled

exceptionality

play \ik-ˌsep-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

exceptionalness

noun

Examples of exceptional in a Sentence

  1. We're bending the rules for this exceptional situation.

  2. an exceptional student in math

  3. The seafood dishes at this restaurant are exceptional.

  4. a separate school for exceptional children

Recent Examples of exceptional from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exceptional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of exceptional

1787


EXCEPTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

exceptional

adjective

Definition of exceptional for English Language Learners

  • : not usual : unusual or uncommon

  • : unusually good : much better than average

  • : mentally or physically disabled


EXCEPTIONAL Defined for Kids

exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ ik-ˈsep-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of exceptional for Students

1 :being unusual
  • an exceptional amount of rain
2 :better than average :superior

exceptionally

adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up exceptional? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!