Essential Meaning of phenomenon
1 : 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 natural phenomena like lightning and earthquakes the phenomenon of love
2 : someone or something that is very impressive or popular especially because of an unusual ability or quality the greatest literary phenomenon of the decade He's a football/baseball phenomenon. The movie eventually became a cultural phenomenon.
Full Definition of phenomenon
1 plural phenomena : an observable fact or event
2 plural phenomena
a : an object or aspect known through the senses rather than by thought or intuition
c : a fact or event of scientific interest susceptible to scientific description and explanation
3a : a rare or significant fact or event
b plural phenomenons : an exceptional, unusual, or abnormal person, thing, or occurrence
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