Can phenomena be used as a singular?
- Although it seemed like a fad a few years ago, Twitter has evolved into a phenomena with more than 200 million users …
- —Myron P. Medcalf
Examples of phenomenon in a Sentence
- For example, we talk more loudly in cars, because of a phenomenon known as the Lombard effect—the speaker involuntarily raises his voice to compensate for background noise. —John Seabrook, New Yorker, 23 June 2008
- This follow-the-winemaker phenomenon is a unique wrinkle in our wine culture. —James Laube, Wine Spectator, 15 May 2008
- Contrary to the notion that war is a continuation of policy by other means … , both Keegan and Mueller find that war is a cultural product rather than a phenomenon or law of nature and therefore subject, like other modes of human expression (the wearing of togas or powdered wigs, the keeping of slaves, the art of cave painting), to the falling out of fashion. —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, September 2007
- The days and nights of the Irish pub, smoky and dark and intimate, are giving way to another phenomenon: the superpub. These are immense places, loud with music; part honkytonk, part dance hall, some servicing as many as a thousand drinkers on several floors. —Pete Hamill, Gourmet, April 2007
- They were ephemera and phenomena on the face of a contemporary scene. That is, there was really no place for them in the culture, in the economy, yet they were there, at that time, and everyone knew that they wouldn't last very long, which they didn't. —William Faulkner, letter, 7 Mar. 1957
natural phenomena like lightning and earthquakes
the greatest literary phenomenon of the decade
The movie eventually became a cultural phenomenon.
Recent Examples of phenomenon from the Web
The data has uncovered an interesting phenomenon: one volunteer can beget another.
Experts say younger girls wearing them is an increasingly common phenomenon.
An equal-opportunity phenomenon, this sharing of adult kids.
Far from an exclusively modern or American phenomenon, the practice of making class statements with one’s clothes extends deep into the past, and is a constant across a myriad of disparate global cultures.
Zwi said people her age are committed to ending gun violence and school shootings, which have been an American phenomenon her entire life.
Quietly, behind the daily noise of Trumpian politics, bickering world religions, and dark environmental warnings, an unquestionable civilization-changing phenomenon is occurring: the 50-year old microprocessor continues to evolve, exponentially.
In the summer of 2014, the grim situation prompted a goofy fundraising campaign that became an internet phenomenon.
The rise of storm tourism has been an unexpected and perhaps counterintuitive phenomenon.
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Origin and Etymology of phenomenon
PHENOMENON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of phenomenon for English Language Learners
: something (such as an interesting fact or event) that can be observed and studied and that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully
: someone or something that is very impressive or popular especially because of an unusual ability or quality
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