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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: extraordinarius, from extra ordinem 'out of the usual course', from ordo 'order'

extraordinary

adjective
     
ex‧traor‧di‧na‧ry S3 W3
1 very unusual or surprising:
It took an extraordinary amount of work.
It's extraordinary that he should make exactly the same mistake again.
quite/most extraordinary British English
Chris's behaviour that morning was quite extraordinary.
extraordinary thing to do/say/happen
What an extraordinary thing to do!
how extraordinary! British English spoken (=used to express surprise)
see usage note unusual
2 very much greater or more impressive than usual [= incredible]:
a woman of extraordinary beauty
an extraordinary talent
3

extraordinary meeting/session etc

a meeting which takes place in addition to the usual ones
4

envoy/ambassador/minister extraordinary

PGO an official employed for a special purpose, in addition to the usual officials
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

unusual, strange, odd, bizarre, extraordinary, exceptional, remarkable
Unusual is neither approving nor disapproving a suit made of unusual material an unusual name Her response was unusual.Strange and odd mean unusual in a way that you cannot understand. They are sometimes used to show slight disapproval or distrust a very strange man I found his attitude a bit odd.Bizarre means very unusual, especially in a way that you think is amusing or that is hard to believe a bizarre haircut Extraordinary can be approving or disapproving, but suggests approval when it is used to describe a person What an extraordinary idea! (can suggest you strongly disagree) My mother was an extraordinary woman (=very impressive, talented etc).Exceptional and remarkable often mean unusually good or impressive a writer of exceptional talent a remarkable filmSee also unusual
WORD FOCUS: surprising WORD FOCUS: surprising
very surprising: amazing, extraordinary, astonishing, astounding, staggering, startling


See also
surprising

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