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[uhn-kom-uh n] /ʌnˈkɒm ən/
adjective, uncommoner, uncommonest.
not common; unusual; rare:
an uncommon word.
unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary:
an uncommon amount of mail.
exceptional; remarkable.
Origin of uncommon
First recorded in 1540-50; un-1 + common
Related forms
uncommonness, noun
1. scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer. 2. extraordinary. 3. outstanding. Unabridged
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  • Even a child would then have known that calling this criminal device the Armstrong gate was a joke of uncommon richness.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "It's not an uncommon name," said Hay, untruthfully and quickly.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Fischelowitz smiled with uncommon cheerfulness as he grasped the bony fingers heartily.

    A Cigarette-Maker's Romance F. Marion Crawford
  • Such patriarchal families, they say, are not uncommon on the Black Mountain.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is a mistaken idea, not uncommon, that the usual way of reproducing forests is to plant trees.

    Wood and Forest William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for uncommon


outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
in excess of what is normal: an uncommon liking for honey
an archaic word for uncommonly (sense 2)
Derived Forms
uncommonness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncommon

1540s, "not possessed in common," from un- (1) "not" + common (adj.). Meaning "not commonly occurring, unusual, rare" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Uncommonly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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