un·​usu·​al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio) , -zhəl; -ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of unusual

: not usual : uncommon, rare

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The upbeat tone is unusual for the car business, which is typically among the first sectors to get hit by any downturn in consumer sentiment. Ryan Felton, WSJ, 30 July 2022 Deshaun Watson's first practice of training camp with the Browns was unusual: indoors, helmetless and brief. Tom Withers, ajc, 27 July 2022 While this design feature isn't unusual on Navy fighter jets built for landing on an aircraft carrier, this is the first time folding wingtips have been fitted on a commercial airliner. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 27 July 2022 Those are not unusual for an NFL team to deal with things like that. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 27 July 2022 The urgency to push the projects forward is unusual in a country known for deliberation and exhaustive government reviews. New York Times, 27 July 2022 The state constitution does not prohibit members of Congress from appointing to state boards, but the move would be unusual if not unprecedented. Molly Beck, Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2022 Temperatures are expected to crest in the low 90s — and while those temperatures are not unheard of in Seattle, the heat wave’s anticipated duration of five days is unusual. Greg Scruggs, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Shishimarin’s case is unusual in that Ukrainian authorities quickly found evidence to link him with the shooting of a 62-year-old man in the northeastern Sumy region on Feb. 28. Erika Kinetz, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unusual

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Unusual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusual. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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un·​usu·​al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio) \

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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