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 Prestige brands like Lamborghini, with the Urus, and Bentley’s Bentayga have already established themselves in the ultra-luxury SUV market. Siddharth Philip, Fortune, "Aston Martin gets a $656 million lifeline led by Formula One team owner as it runs low on cash," 31 Jan. 2020 Soaring global inequality means that the power of the ultra rich is growing. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Billionaires Really Do Know Each Other," 22 Jan. 2020 But that's creating a global economy where the ultra-rich are increasingly veering off from the rest of the world's population, Oxfam says. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "World's billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people," 19 Jan. 2020 The wine bar, owned by Brendan Moore, will be on the ground floor of the ultra-luxury Pewaukee Lake condominium development Beachscape, 145 W. Wisconsin Ave. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A wine bar is opening on the ground floor of a Pewaukee Lake luxury condo development," 15 Jan. 2020 While Westbrook is catering to the ultra rich, just 1.8 miles to the south, Mission Housing and Bridge Housing are building 157 homes for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "What’s in store for SF housing in 2020? More new homes, but not nearly enough," 3 Jan. 2020 Democratic presidential nominees like Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have called for higher tax rates on the ultra-rich. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, "Vice President Mike Pence courts West Michigan evangelists in bus tour," 4 Dec. 2019 Those heading to China for work or play can stay in style at the Rosewood Guangzhou, the ultra-luxury brand’s second urban outpost in mainland China. BostonGlobe.com, "sevenbirches.com/white-mountains-crush-festival.," 2 Oct. 2019 Johnson recently took a five-week vacation with family and friends, renting the ultra-luxury yacht Aquila, which costs about $1 million a week. Allen Kim, CNN, "Magic Johnson turns 60 with an epic vacation and his own top-60 lists," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Remain-ultras really don’t like the British people having a free choice over what to do with their money or their vote... NBC News, "Debate erupts over whether London's iconic Big Ben bell will bong for Brexit," 18 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Ultra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultra-. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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