unusual

adjective
un·​usu·​al | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce unusual (audio) , -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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When the excerpts from his interview with Ingraham were released later on Thursday, the inflammatory quotes from the President underscored how unusual the Normandy speech was. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Republicans Have Become the Except-When-Trump-Does-It Party," 6 June 2019 And if turnout for the runoff is close to turnout for the May election, that'll be unusual, Jenkins said. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Early voting in Dallas surges in some council districts with possible implications for mayoral race," 5 June 2019 Qualcomm's response was unusual: a letter demanding that Apple sign a patent licensing agreement before Qualcomm would even consider supplying chips. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Accoutrements like these wouldn't seem entirely out of place in a Bentley Mulsanne or a Mercedes-Benz S-class, so to see a Buick dressed to the nines like this is unusual. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Thought the Lexus LM Was the Most Luxe Minivan? Buick Just Said "Not Today" with GL8 Concept," 10 May 2019 Long detention and multiple arrests are routine in Japan, but rearresting a person who already cleared bail as Ghosn did before is unusual. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Detention of Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn extended to April 22," 12 Apr. 2019 Others looked for unusual cloud formations, or tried to calculate when other planets might align to push the Earth’s tectonic plates. James Hookway, WSJ, "Quake Expectations: We’re Getting Better at Anticipating the Next Big Tremor," 28 Feb. 2019 The Lorry is undeniably unusual, with a 20-inch wheel up front and a 26-inch wheel in the rear. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute," 16 May 2019 For most mail carriers who drive the LLVs on a daily basis, the fires aren't unusual, because they are expected. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The U.S. Postal Service Doesn't Know Why Its Trucks Keep Catching on Fire," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of unusual

1579, in the meaning defined above

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unusual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unusual

: not normal or usual
: different or strange in a way that attracts attention
: not commonly seen, heard, etc.

unusual

adjective
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

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unusually adverb

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