[ uhn-kom-uhn ]
/ ʌnˈkɒm ən /

adjective, un·com·mon·er, un·com·mon·est.

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

un·com·mon·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for uncommon


/ (ʌnˈkɒmən) /


outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
in excess of what is normalan uncommon liking for honey


an archaic word for uncommonly (def. 2)

Derived Forms

uncommonness, noun
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