un·​usu·​al ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio)
: not usual : uncommon, rare
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 Orders for planes before certification are not unusual in the aerospace industry but not typically when there are questions about when the plane might be cleared to carry passengers. Chris Isidore, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 That effect is unusual even for other kinds of cosmic alignments, such as planetary conjunctions. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 Even if the matches are unusual, keep your eyes open for roles that interest you. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 This isn't the only recent instance that an unusual animal was taken in by authorities for running around a residential area. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 All of those jokes and rhymes getting to play out in a song is so unusual. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Because Imax goes to such lengths, Gelfond says, many employees approach their jobs with unusual intensity. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 This is unusual, but the new Teddy Wong’s Dumplings & Wine shows some reservations available Easter Sunday. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Mar. 2024 This sort of multinational operation for a single ship is not unusual. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unusual was in 1579

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“Unusual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusual. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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un·​usu·​al ˌən-ˈyüzh-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio)
: not usual : uncommon, rare
unusualness noun

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