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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What is considered a uncommon betrayal takes on an entirely new twist as Israeli and Palestinian authorities misread the writing on the wall. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Film about affair between Israeli and Palestinian to open in South Florida," 3 July 2019 Leo Suter, Sophia Brown, Imogen King and Stuart Campell also star. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m. POP Chopped The chefs prepare some very rare hot dogs and an uncommon condiment in the entrée round. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "What's on TV Thursday: ‘A Capitol Fourth’ on PBS," 3 July 2019 Such warnings are not uncommon around holiday periods in which there are large crowds and heavy travel. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Federal authorities warn of possible Fourth of July terrorism, but no 'credible and specific' threat," 2 July 2019 This Woman Had a Black, Curved Horn Growing Out of Her Thumb—and Doctors Aren't Sure Why NEJM Colovesical fistulas are very uncommon, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Woman Had Feces Leaking Into Her Bladder—and Yes, It’s as Gross as It Sounds," 2 July 2019 The most grand of those feature critical acclaim, awards, strong sales and, for an uncommon few, a place in the zeitgeist. Mitchell S. Jackson, Time, "'I Carry It Within Me.' Novelist Colson Whitehead Reminds Us How America's Racist History Lives On," 27 June 2019 Pole-to-pole netting is not uncommon at ballparks in Japan. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "As the White Sox and other teams plan to extend safety netting at ballparks, Illinois’ U.S. senators urge the commissioner to protect fans," 27 June 2019 Austin tapped his $35,000 in savings to pay his mortgage, uncommon at the time. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "From 'Prada to nada' and back: Has America really recovered from the Great Recession?," 24 June 2019 Rare move Abdel Aziz’s decision to respect term limits and step down from office is uncommon among African strongmen rulers, especially those who came into power through coups. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Mauritania is set for its first ever peaceful transfer of power since independence," 24 June 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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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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