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.


  1. Extraordinary

    Extraordinary is a song by British electronic group Clean Bandit, featuring vocals from Sharna Bass. It was written by Jack Patterson, Jimmy Napes, Grace Chatto and Gustave Rudman. The song was issued as the fifth single from Clean Bandit's debut studio album, New Eyes (2014). The single and its remix EP were first released in Ireland on 16 May 2014, and was released in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2014.


  1. extraordinary

    Extraordinary refers to something that is remarkably great, exceptional, or beyond the ordinary or usual; exceedingly impressive or notable. It can also refer to something unusual or surprising.

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

    ExtraOrdinary is an EP by Nizlopi, released in 2006.

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. George Will:

    It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.

  2. Police Chief Charlie Beck:

    Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, Los Angeles takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point.

  3. David Bailey:

    It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

  4. Rafael Resendes:

    We've seen extraordinary returns from stocks like Gilead, but we haven't been taking on any new positions until we find extraordinary discounts.

  5. Ren Larison:

    Really, the striping is kind of extraordinary, so you need something extraordinary to explain it.

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