highly extraordinary or prodigious; exceptional: phenomenal speed.
of or relating to phenomena.
of the nature of a phenomenon; cognizable by the senses.

Nearby words

  1. phenolphthalein,
  2. phenolsulfonephthalein,
  3. phenolsulfonphthalein,
  4. phenom,
  5. phenomena,
  6. phenomenalism,
  7. phenomenalize,
  8. phenomenology,
  9. phenomenon,
  10. phenoplast

Origin of phenomenal

First recorded in 1815–25; phenomen(on) + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedphenomena phenomenal phenomenon (see usage note at phenomenon) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phenomenal



of or relating to a phenomenon
extraordinary; outstanding; remarkablea phenomenal achievement
philosophy known or perceived by the senses rather than the mind
Derived Formsphenomenally, adverb

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