uncommon

adjective
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

Choose the Right Synonym for uncommon

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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Growth stocks are on an uncommon roll as corporate profits chug on. John Coumarianos, WSJ, "Why the Good Time for Growth Stocks May Not Be Over," 5 May 2019 Data sharing like that was extremely uncommon two decades ago, but the 911 data proved to be insufficiently specific to be helpful. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 Co-marketing deals aren’t uncommon between tech companies and partners — big banks advertise Apple’s Apple Pay feature, for example — but Amazon’s efforts underscore the uphill battle to build awareness and traction for this new purchasing method. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon wants brands to advertise Alexa voice shopping — essentially for free," 26 Nov. 2018 Two drug sign-offs in a biotech’s first 10 years would be an uncommon achievement, but Schenkein, an oncologist turned biopharma executive, is hardly living large, at least as far as his work space goes. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "This CEO doesn’t like to be cornered," 14 July 2018 As a woman in my 40s, my own perceptions of aging and cultural relevance are constantly being shaped, and reshaped, by media, history, my peers, and strong, uncommon women like Rodin. refinery29.com, "Linda Rodin’s Rise To Accidental Style Icon," 12 July 2018 The species is an uncommon summer visitor to our area; a few individuals are found each year at ponds and wetlands. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 And that's not uncommon in other lucrative fields, 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King -- a leader in the fight for equal-employment opportunities -- was assassinated. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue targets customers' credit cards," 1 Apr. 2018 Even outside of Amazon, unions in the US retail space are still relatively uncommon, with just 5 percent of retail employees holding membership. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon warehouse workers push to unionize in NYC," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of uncommon

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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uncommon

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncommon

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

uncommon

adjective
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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