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


espouses a kind of ultra conservatism that even some members of his own party cannot support

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Samsung positions its Galaxy Note line as ultra-premium phones, with ultra-loyal customers who come back year after year. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Samsung’s New Galaxy Note Now Comes in Two Different Sizes," 7 Aug. 2019 Suffice to say, the disappearance of those ultra-cheap Wow Air tickets have priced out an entire tier of travelers into the country. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Iceland's Tourism Numbers Are Dropping—And Wow Air Is to Blame," 2 Aug. 2019 The Pixel 3 and 3 XL both had an ultra-wide selfie shooter that could capture more of your surroundings or cram more people into a photo. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Google Pixel 4 will unlock using a face scan," 29 July 2019 The central bank is expected to keep its ultra-low rates unchanged. Laura He, CNN, "Asian stocks trade broadly higher ahead of Bank of Japan decision, trade talks," 29 July 2019 To continuously stoke their fires, tuna rely on a blush of iron in their muscles to bind and ferry oxygen back and forth from their ultra-efficient gills. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 This spreads the floor—spacing is key in both sports—and allows the Wolverines and Wildcats to have the easiest access to those ultra-efficient shots. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Why Don’t More FBS Coaches Go to Extremes in the Name of Efficiency?," 11 Apr. 2018 Justifications for the ultra-restrictive conditions at Supermax have been upheld in federal court. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Supermax prison now occupied by El Chapo is “worse than death,” ex-warden said," 27 July 2019 Today, Riri was spotted in Paris carrying an ultra-rare designer bag that’s the ultimate score. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Rihanna Did Her Fashion Research With This Rare Bag," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The ultras did themselves no favours by failing to suggest their own solutions to the complex problems that the Chequers compromise took on. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 But ahead of the World Cup, Russian law enforcement has detained leaders of hooligan groups, known as ultras, and pushed many of their members out of Russia’s World Cup cities for the extent of the tournament. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Gives Soccer Hooligans the Boot at World Cup," 4 July 2018 Among the scores of ultras now filling the calendar, some make use of long, flat tracks to encourage speed. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Ultra running can mean extreme heat, mountain climbs and, oh yeah, look out for those trees," 14 June 2018 The group’s leader, Fernando Madureira, confirmed by text message that his cohort had seen a YouTube clip of Napoli’s ultras in action and decided to borrow the tune. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How an Italian Disco Hit Became Liverpool’s Champions League Anthem," 23 May 2018 Starting in the summer over a huge contract dispute, the stopper received abuse from Italy fans during one match in particular, during which ultras threw fake money at the youngster. SI.com, "Gianluigi Donnarumma's Agent Hints at Summer Departure With Pepe Reina Set to Replace the Italian," 21 Mar. 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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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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