un·​or·​tho·​dox | \ ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks How to pronounce unorthodox (audio) \

Definition of unorthodox

: not orthodox

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unorthodoxly adverb

Examples of unorthodox in a Sentence

a time when people with unorthodox religious views were banished from the colony raised by an aunt, whose unorthodox parenting practices made for a strange but fun childhood

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Is the unorthodox boot—which reads late ’90s, early 2000s—destined for street style success? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Somehow Victoria Beckham Makes the Season’s Most Impractical Boots Look Totally Easy," 24 Jan. 2019 While denim was certainly an unorthodox choice, it was instantly elevated thanks to her fitted Chanel cardigan and super luxe accessories, namely a simple black belt furnished with the house’s double-C hardware and a pair of gold booties. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This French Actress Gives the Front Row Dress Code a Radical Makeover at Chanel’s Couture Show in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 Most of those poured in during the early months of Trump’s term, when the unorthodox president and his family became the subject of fascination on Chinese social media. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 Chinese architecture firm Open designed the unorthodox museum on the cusp of the sea, where its white facade is wedged into the sand like a series of giant seashells. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 2018 But this tough old Arizona bird, this lifelong warrior, this unorthodox maverick who really was neither a Republican nor a Democrat, knew how to keep friends and monitor enemies. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "St. Beto and the August altar call," 30 Aug. 2018 Here was art that, in its dazzlingly unorthodox approach to form and aesthetics, could mimic and even embody the exigencies of real life. Justin Chang,, "In May 1968, the Cannes Film Festival ground to a halt. Fifty years later, it's still sparking controversy," 20 Apr. 2018 The play personifies Gillespie as a coach: unpredictable, unorthodox, willing to take risks, no fear of failure. Mike Digiovanna,, "For retiring baseball coach Mike Gillespie, it's been a career filled with guts and glory," 18 May 2018 Venus in Cancer, for instance, seeks security in partnership, while Venus in Aquarius is fueled by more unorthodox dynamics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of unorthodox

1629, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unorthodox

: different from what is usually done or accepted

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