ultra

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

Definition of ultra

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: going beyond others or beyond due limit : extreme

ultra

noun

Definition of ultra (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that is ultra : extremist

ultra-

prefix

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 The 62-year-old actor stepped out wearing an ultra-long, elaborate braid and a deep eggplant smoky eye to match her gorgeous dark purple gown. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Angela Bassett Wore a Thigh-Length Braid to the 2021 Golden Globes," 1 Mar. 2021 There may also be issues with local plumbing codes concerning ultra-low flushing power for liquid waste. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best dual-flush toilet," 28 Feb. 2021 Perfecting Primer is an ultra-lux serum that primes the skin with a gorgeous, luminous glow. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Skincare Products Formulated To Be An Essential Part Of Her Daily Routine," 28 Feb. 2021 The modular ports include USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, microSD, ultra-fast storage, 3.5mm headphone jack, and others. Chris Smith, BGR, "You have to see this laptop that you can build and upgrade yourself," 28 Feb. 2021 Fed Chair Jerome Powell downplayed concerns this week about potentially higher inflation and signaled that the central bank sees no need to alter its ultra-low rate policies for the foreseeable future. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "How will a surge in bond yields affect your portfolio?," 26 Feb. 2021 The ultra-intuitive, top-quality lights boast 16 million colors to set the mood in any room in your house. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Target, Sephora, Sur La Table and more," 26 Feb. 2021 The lowest rates of vaccination are among ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arab citizens and younger Israelis. Dina Kraft, Los Angeles Times, "Israel turns to carrots, and maybe some sticks, to persuade COVID-19 vaccine holdouts," 26 Feb. 2021 It also can be stored for up to three months at normal refrigerator temperatures; the other vaccines require ultra-cold freezers. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas County to get 6,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose coronavirus vaccine, Jenkins says," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But solo efforts are an inevitable aspect of training for an ultra. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Trail Runner Andrea Huser Dies After Fall in the Alps," 3 Dec. 2020 Moats, with marathons and ultra-marathons (anything longer than the traditional 26.2 miles) on his running resume, was determined to be healthy enough to participate in the 2020 Marine Corps race. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "New Windsor man with terminal brain cancer fulfills Marine Corps Marathon dream thanks to friends, family," 26 Aug. 2020 It has been taken up not only by Eintracht’s ultras, but by their counterparts at clubs across Germany. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Germany’s Bundesliga, a Power Struggle Plays Out on Banners," 4 Mar. 2020 In fact, guns are valued accessories of the ultras, antis, and other fanatics. Carl Bakal, Harper's Magazine, "Who Has the Guns?," 30 Mar. 2020 Mr Johnson will either have to face down his own Brexit ultras or hammer the economy with a minimal EU deal. The Economist, "Britain’s election Victory for Boris Johnson’s all-new Tories," 13 Dec. 2019 In addition, when Neymar's name was heard over the loudspeaker, PSG's ultras jeered and whistled. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Neymar Booed as Brazilian Returns to PSG's First Team vs. Strasbourg," 14 Sep. 2019 There were fears of racist insults from Juve ultras towards Mario Balotelli before this top of the table clash. SI.com, "Inter vs Juventus: 6 Classic Derby d'Italia Games Ahead of this Weekend," 5 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of ultra

Adjective

1818, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultra

Adjective

ultra-

Noun

ultra-

Prefix

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 5 Mar. 2021.

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ultra-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of ultra-

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

ultra

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

Kids Definition of ultra

: extreme entry 1 sense 1 ultra plush chair

ultra-

prefix

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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