un·usu·al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl , -zhəl ; -ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of unusual 

: not usual : uncommon, rare

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Other words from unusual

unusually adverb
unusualness noun

Examples of unusual in a Sentence

It's not unusual for him to stay late at work. a scene of unusual beauty She has an unusual name.
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Sloan said the report was unusual because Bergin was not investigated. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona Corporation Commission candidate was fired by state for harassing workers," 10 July 2018 In a video that's going viral on Twitter right now, people think the Duchess of Sussex is speaking to fans with a, well, unusual voice. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "This Video of Meghan Markle Speaking With a British Accent Has Left People Puzzled," 5 July 2018 That’s not unusual — starters typically recover during the first training session after a match. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "New Orlando City coach James O’Connor gets 2.5-year deal, OCB plan in place," 2 July 2018 WoodSpring is taking that unusual step because of continued opposition from Ald. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WoodSpring Suites seeks license for first Milwaukee hotel as long battle enters new front," 29 June 2018 The film builds to a climax with unusual twists to the story regarding new facts that Hania learns about her years in hiding during the Holocaust. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Jewish-themed films to be screened in Palm Beach County," 28 June 2018 And when the Cup Series takes on a track that’s a bit more unusual, all that preparation intensifies. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "NASCAR driver's hilarious cheat sheet for track: 'Use the guy in front of u to stop'," 19 June 2018 Failure to reach common ground could lead to the highly unusual step of host Canada issuing a concluding statement not agreed by all participants, Merkel said. Arne Delfs, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel Warns of G-7 Summit Split Over Trump’s ‘America First’," 6 June 2018 For Bamba, Birch, Frazier, Isaac, Iwundu and their summer league teammates, that process will pick up speed in an unusual place for their franchise. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of unusual

1579, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unusual

: not normal or usual

: different or strange in a way that attracts attention

: not commonly seen, heard, etc.


un·usu·al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl \

Kids Definition of unusual

: not done, found, used, experienced, or existing most of the time an unusual job an unusual odor

Other words from unusual

unusually adverb

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