What does Extraordinary mean?

Definitions for Extraordinary
ɪkˈstrɔr dnˌɛr i, ˌɛk strəˈɔr-ex·tra·or·di·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extraordinaryadjective

    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

    "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

  2. extraordinary, over-the-top, sinfuladjective

    far more than usual or expected

    "an extraordinary desire for approval"; "it was an over-the-top experience"

  3. extraordinary(p)adjective

    (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials

    "an ambassador extraordinary"


  1. extraordinaryadjective

    Not ordinary; exceptional; unusual;

  2. Etymology: Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem, "outside the order".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXTRAORDINARYadjective

    Etymology: extraordinarius, Lat.

    Evils must be judged inevitable, if there be no apparent ordinary way to avoid them; because where council and advice bear rule of God’s extraordinary power, without extraordinary warrant, we cannot presume. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 9.

    At that time Spain had no other wars, save those which were grown into an ordinary: now they have coupled therewith the extraordinary of the Voltaline and the Palatinate. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Let us see what extraordinary armies have been transmitted thither, and what ordinary forces have been maintained there. John Davies, State of Ireland.

    If they proceeded in a martial or any other extraordinary way, without any form of law, his majesty should declare his justice and affection to an old faithful servant. Edward Hyde.

    The house was built of fair and strong stone, not affecting so much any extraordinary kind of fineness, as an honourable representing of a firm stateliness. Philip Sidney.

    The Indians worshipped rivers, fountains, rocks, or great stones, &c. and all things which seemed to have something extraordinary in them. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idol.

  2. Extraordinaryadverb

    This word seems only a colloquial barbarism, used for the ease of pronunciation. Extraordinarily.

    I ran over their cabinet of medals, but don’t remember to have met with any things in it that are extraordinary rare. Add.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extraordinaryadjective

    beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies

  2. Extraordinaryadjective

    exceeding the common degree, measure. or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary talents or grandeur

  3. Extraordinaryadjective

    employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as, an ambassador extraordinary

  4. Extraordinarynoun

    that which is extraordinary; -- used especially in the plural; as, extraordinaries excepted, there is nothing to prevent success

  5. Etymology: [L. extraordinarius; extra on the outside + ordinarius: cf. F. extraordinaire. See Ordinary.]


  1. ExtraOrdinary

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extraordinary

    eks-tror′di-nar-i, or eks-trä-or′-, adj. beyond ordinary: not usual or regular: wonderful: special or supernumerary, as 'physician extraordinary' in a royal household, and 'extraordinary professor' in a German university, both being inferior to the ordinary official.—n.pl. Extraor′dinaries, things that exceed the usual order, kind, or method.—adv. Extraor′dinarily.—n. Extraor′dinariness. [L. extra, outside, ordoinis, order.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extraordinary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3339

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extraordinary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4218

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extraordinary' in Adjectives Frequency: #452

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Extraordinary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Extraordinary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Extraordinary in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Fiedler:

    What an extraordinary talent and a remarkable human being, he was generous, kind, smart, funny, and we have felt so fortunate that he had decided to start what we hoped would be a long association with Boston University.

  2. Sandra Magnus:

    On the other hand, it's important for young women to see women role models doing extraordinary things, so there's two sides of the coin. You want it to be normal but yet you want it to be special.

  3. Justice Kornreich:

    I don't understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction.

  4. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

    I got to know Former Vice President Joe Biden through Beau, it's a rare thing to see such a special relationship a between a father and Former Vice President Joe Biden. It was an extraordinary relationship that they had.

  5. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    Let's be clear, the monitoring this proposes is an absolute joke. So anyone who pretends like that's somehow something that's extraordinary, it's not. This is some of the weakest monitoring.

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