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

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 Customization is key at Kahmune, which offers shoes in 10 different skin tone shades, and various heights from kitten to ultra-high. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 Effervescent notes of mandarin, pink pepper and violet leaves envelope you in a sweet, ultra-feminine haze. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Even if makeup is kept ultra-light by, say, spot concealing versus all-over coverage, there’s much fun to be had with lips and brows. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The Free Press was first to report last fall on the possibility of an ultra-luxury Edition Hotel filling the space. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Fed had supported markets with ultra-accommodative monetary policy in the form of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing (QE). Will Daniel, Fortune, 10 May 2022 After years of ultra-low interest rates, the Fed is aggressively raising interest rates. Christine Romans, CNN, 10 May 2022 However, his world is turned upside down when an ultra-conservative televangelist arrives. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 These are complemented by shea butter and marula oil, both known for their ultra-hydrating properties that rejuvenate the skin and restore skin-barrier protection. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Take solace in knowing that an ultra is a long way, and the beauty of that is that problems often work themselves out over the long haul. Hal Koerner, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2014 Located just a few blocks from the Apollo, the Tubman statue feels like an especially apropos stop for the finale of an ultra. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 18 Feb. 2022 Don’t make your first night running experience your first ultra. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 11 May 2020 There's evidence that ultra-nationalists and far-right groups are part of the armed Ukraine resistance. John Blake, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 The metaphorical aspect of staging a Black history tour as an ultra also wasn’t lost on Brandon Jackson, a captain of the New York City chapter of Black Men Run and one of five people who ran the entire route last Saturday. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 18 Feb. 2022 There's the standard S22, the S22 Plus, and the S22 ultra, which is essentially the Galaxy Note reborn. USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 Finding one that takes place on fireroads (versus technical singletrack) will be the easiest transition, but entering an ultra on more rugged terrain can be a welcome adventure. Lisa Jhung, Outside Online, 11 Jan. 2021 Thus, faster and slower runners alike will be best prepared for their next ultra if their long training run progression tops out at or near 5 hours. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Ultra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultra. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for ultra


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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