[ ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr- ]
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  1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.

  2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed;an extraordinary man.

  1. (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.

Origin of extraordinary

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English extraordinarie, from Latin extrāordinārius “beyond ordinary,” equivalent to extra- + ordinary

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  • ex·traor·di·nar·i·ly [ik-strawr-dn-air-uh-lee, ek-struh-awr-], /ɪkˌstrɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˌɛk strəˌɔr-/, adverb
  • ex·traor·di·nar·i·ness, noun
  • un·ex·traor·di·nar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for extraordinary


/ (ɪkˈstrɔːdənrɪ, -dənərɪ) /

  1. very unusual, remarkable, or surprising

  2. not in an established manner, course, or order

  1. employed for particular events or purposes

  2. (usually postpositive) (of an official, etc) additional or subordinate to the usual one: a minister extraordinary

Origin of extraordinary

C15: from Latin extraordinārius beyond what is usual; see ordinary

Derived forms of extraordinary

  • extraordinarily, adverb
  • extraordinariness, noun

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