unusual

adjective un·usu·al \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl , -zhəl ; -ˈyüzh-wəl \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of unusual

: not usual : uncommon, rare

unusually

adverb

unusualness

noun

Examples of unusual in a Sentence

  1. It's not unusual for him to stay late at work.

  2. a scene of unusual beauty

  3. She has an unusual name.

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First Known Use of unusual

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UNUSUAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unusual for English Language Learners

  • : not normal or usual

  • : different or strange in a way that attracts attention

  • : not commonly seen, heard, etc.


UNUSUAL Defined for Kids

unusual

adjective un·usu·al \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl \

Definition of unusual for Students

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

unusually

adverb


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