un·​com·​mon | \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən How to pronounce uncommon (audio) \

Definition of uncommon

1 : not ordinarily encountered : unusual an uncommon plant
2 : remarkable, exceptional a soldier of uncommon courage

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Other Words from uncommon

uncommonly adverb
uncommonness \ ˌən-​ˈkä-​mən-​nəs How to pronounce uncommonness (audio) \ noun

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infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time. infrequent family visits uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation. smallpox is now uncommon in many countries scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance. jobs were scarce during the Depression rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value. rare first editions sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts. sporadic cases of influenza

Examples of uncommon in a Sentence

It is not uncommon for people to become depressed after they retire. an athlete with uncommon ability a soldier of uncommon courage She is an uncommon woman.
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Recent Examples on the Web In all modes, there are Jurassic-like creatures grazing over the lands for players to attack, which is uncommon for battle royale games. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Amazon's latest game could be a 'Fortnite' rival," 19 May 2020 Those types of stories haven’t been uncommon for students at the school, said YWSA principal Gabrelle Dickson. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "A third of Dallas families are without home internet, making online learning all the more difficult," 8 May 2020 His mix of lateral quickness, strength and court vision are uncommon for someone his size. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Who could Warriors get with Timberwolves’ 2021 first-round pick?," 10 Feb. 2020 But support from the majority group is hardly uncommon for a leader in a democracy. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Trump Isn’t the American Modi," 7 Feb. 2020 Potentially Fatal Aortic dissection is relatively uncommon, primarily striking men in their 60s and 70s, according to the Mayo Clinic. Michelle F Davis, Bloomberg.com, "JPMorgan CEO Dimon Has Emergency Heart Surgery," 8 May 2020 Close asteroid flybys are not uncommon but NASA continually measures and tracks asteroids to prepare and monitor for potential collisions. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "An Asteroid the Size of a House Will Fly by Earth Today," 16 Apr. 2020 Feeding Christmas trees to goats is actually not uncommon, as the needles of the tree make a tasty and healthy meal for farm animals like goats and cows. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Fed Their Massive Christmas Tree to the Family's Goats — Here's Why," 2 Jan. 2020 In 2019, the average major-league salary was $4.36 million, and nine-figure deals are not uncommon. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Today’s baseball players live the good life, thanks in large part to someone they may not have heard of — Marvin Miller," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of uncommon

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncommon was circa 1576

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25 May 2020

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“Uncommon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommon. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncommon

: not often found, seen, or experienced
: not ordinary : remarkable or exceptional


un·​com·​mon | \ ˌən-ˈkä-mən How to pronounce uncommon (audio) \

Kids Definition of uncommon

1 : not often found or seen : unusual an uncommon bird
2 : not ordinary : remarkable uncommon ability uncommon courage

Other Words from uncommon

uncommonly adverb It was an uncommonly cold summer.

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