ul·​tra | \ ˈəl-trə How to pronounce ultra (audio) \

Definition of ultra

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: going beyond others or beyond due limit : extreme



Definition of ultra (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that is ultra : extremist



Definition of ultra- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : beyond in space : on the other side : trans- ultraviolet
2 : beyond the range or limits of : transcending : super- ultramicroscopic
3 : beyond what is ordinary, proper, or moderate : excessively : extremely ultramodern

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Examples of ultra in a Sentence

Adjective espouses a kind of ultra conservatism that even some members of his own party cannot support
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to Sanders and his campaign, this means that the senator is the true champion of the working class, relying almost exclusively on small donors while his opponents show open hands to the open wallets of the ultra-wealthy. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders knocks rivals for taking donations from billionaires," 16 Dec. 2019 For the ultra wealthy who already have several homes and a collection of luxury automobiles, what could possibly be next? Anna Bahney, CNN, "These homes have garages that look more like art galleries," 16 Dec. 2019 Singapore’s newest billionaire is a former government employee who rode mobile sensation Free Fire into the ranks of the ultra-wealthy this week. Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Mobile Games and Ronaldo Make 39-Year-Old a Billionaire," 28 Nov. 2019 Gates, along with his wife Melinda Gates and famed investor Warren Buffett, is a founder of The Giving Pledge, a campaign encouraging the ultra-wealthy to give most of their money to philanthropic causes. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "'I'm Not Sure How Open-Minded She Is.' Bill Gates and Elizabeth Warren Spar Over the Wealth Tax," 7 Nov. 2019 Some 100 families largely from the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect have settled in Jersey City in recent years after being priced out of housing in the Jewish enclaves of Brooklyn, Jewish leaders said. Carma Hassan And Darran Simon, CNN, "Jersey City official called on to resign after post on Facebook calls Jewish people 'brutes'," 18 Dec. 2019 Many of them belong to the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect and have settled into houses on dense blocks with neighbors that include a Catholic school, a Pentecostal church and a Dominican restaurant. James Barron, New York Times, "3 Crime Scenes and 6 Dead: Rampage Stuns Jersey City," 10 Dec. 2019 On Sunday, there’s a 49K, a marathon, a half marathon and a 5K. Last year, records were set in both marathons and in the men’s ultra marathon. Anchorage Daily News, "RunFest brings two days of racing to downtown Anchorage," 16 Aug. 2019 With the two ultra-marathons, Lubetsky raised about $250,000 for Childhood Cancer Project. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Ultra-marathoner and cancer advocate carries partner to Guinness record: ‘This isn’t hard. Chemo is hard.’," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The other is the capture of Britain’s two main political parties by ideological ultras. The Economist, "Another Scottish referendum beckons—and this time the nationalists may win," 17 Oct. 2019 But Johnson will have to give ground, while keeping his coalition of Brexit ultras and Democratic Unionists on board — and while keeping one eye on a future election battle with Farage’s no-deal supporting Brexit Party. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s Brexit Pathway Is Full of Holes," 11 Oct. 2019 One is that ultras in the opposition try to erase the good things Mr Morales stood for as well as the bad. The Economist, "The end of Evo Morales Was there a coup in Bolivia?," 14 Nov. 2019 There were also no flags or banners displayed in the Curva Sud, where the ultras normally watch the match from. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ramsey and Buffon help Juventus beat Verona 2-1," 21 Sep. 2019 Italian police have uncovered large stores of weaponry in the hands of numerous Neo-Nazi Juventus ultras in an orchestrated raid of across the north of Italy. SI.com, "Police Raids of Neo-Nazi Juve Ultras Uncover Stash of Weapons Including Missiles," 15 July 2019 Paradoxically, success for the AfD in the autumn elections could intensify the party’s problems by vindicating the eastern ultras. The Economist, "Germany’s far right: strong in the east, weak in the west," 18 July 2019 Looking at some of the major ultras, women often have a lower DNF rate. Stephanie Case, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: We Need to Fix Ultrarunning's Gender Problem," 25 May 2018 It’s pared down from vests built for ultras, which require the runner to carry more gear than an OCR, without compromising on features. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Ultimate Direction’s New OCR Vest," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of ultra


1818, in the meaning defined above


1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultra






Latin, from ultra beyond, adverb & preposition, from *ulter situated beyond — more at ulterior

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The first known use of ultra was in 1818

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“Ultra.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultra. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ultra-

: beyond : extremely : more than is usual
technical : beyond the range or limits of


ul·​tra | \ ˈəl-trə How to pronounce ultra (audio) \

Kids Definition of ultra

: extreme entry 1 sense 1 ultra plush chair



Kids Definition of ultra-

1 : beyond in space : on the other side ultraviolet
2 : beyond the limits of : super-
3 : beyond what is ordinary or proper

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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