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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Visitors to Grace's House, a designer show house that opened last week in Plainfield, New Jersey, will likely notice an unusual abundance of the color green. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How 21 Interior Designers Rallied Around a Young Girl with Cancer," 29 Apr. 2019 But then comes the third planet in the system, Kepler-107c, which appears to be at least twice as dense as 107b, which is highly unusual. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mysterious Iron Exoplanet Could Reveal the Secrets of Our Own Solar System," 5 Feb. 2019 Experts on corporate boards have described this as highly unusual. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Steve Jurvetson, ousted from his firm almost a year ago, is building up a team in preparation for his comeback," 13 Oct. 2018 Luckily, her story, detailed in a recent case report published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine, is highly unusual. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Woman’s ‘Electric Shock’ Leg Pain Was Caused By a Parasite in Her Back," 2 Aug. 2018 Fatal accidents among foreign tourists at Thai beaches are not unusual, but normally involve drownings in unsafe swimming areas or accidents involving smaller boats. Vincent Thian, chicagotribune.com, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists, mostly from China, after boat sinks in Thailand; 33 dead," 7 July 2018 Higbee disagrees, saying the city’s approach is unusual, especially for difficult-to-develop area like South Sheridan Road. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Petition calls for Waukegan mayor to restart talks with South Sheridan Road developer," 3 July 2018 Was the unusual activity limited to Bladen and Robeson counties, or are absentee ballots from other counties also in doubt? Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 Multiple cancellations will almost certainly flag you for unusual activity. Chris Welch, The Verge, "How to use Google Duplex to make a restaurant reservation," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unusual

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unusual was in 1579

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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

Other Words from unusual

unusually adverb

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