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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phe•nom•e•non*fɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən(n.)(pl.)-na; -nons.

  1. a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable:

    the phenomena of nature.

  2. something that is remarkable or extraordinary.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. Philos. an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience. (in Kantian philosophy) a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself.

    Category: Philosphy

* Usage: As with other plurals of Latin or Greek origin, there is a tendency to use the plural phenomena as a singular (This phenomena will not be seen again); such use, which is usually criticized by usage guides, occurs infrequently in edited writing. See also criterion, media1.

Origin of phenomenon:

1595–1605; < LL phaenomenon < Gk phainómenon appearance, n. use of neut. prp. of phaínesthai to appear, pass. of phaínein to show

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phenomenon(noun)

    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

  2. phenomenon(noun)

    a remarkable development

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. phenomenon(noun)ɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən

    an event or situation that cannot be completely explained

    the phenomenon of the northern lights

  2. phenomenonɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən

    a very popular thing or person

    She is the latest pop phenomenon.


  1. phenomenon(Noun)

    An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence.

  2. phenomenon(Noun)

    Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.

  3. phenomenon(Noun)

    A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it.

  4. phenomenon(Noun)

    A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.

  5. phenomenon(Noun)

    An experienced object whose constitution reflects the order and conceptual structure imposed upon it by the human mind (especially by the powers of perception and understanding).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phenomenon(noun)

    an appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation; as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity; phenomena of imagination or memory

  2. Phenomenon(noun)

    that which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon


  1. Phenomenon

    A phenomenon, plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as 'appearances' or 'experiences'. These are themselves sometimes understood as involving qualia. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon is not directly accessible to observation. Kant was heavily influenced by Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4083

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Nouns Frequency: #1228

Translations for phenomenon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a natural fact or event that is seen or happens regularly or frequently

Magnetic attraction is an interesting phenomenon.

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