What does unusual mean?

Definitions for unusual
ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəlun·usu·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unusualadjective

    not usual or common or ordinary

    "a scene of unusual beauty"; "a man of unusual ability"; "cruel and unusual punishment"; "an unusual meteorite"

  2. strange, unusualadjective

    being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

    "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"

  3. unusualadjective

    not commonly encountered

    "two-career families are no longer unusual"

Wiktionary

  1. unusualadjective

    Unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.

    His behavior was unusual in that it was considered childish for a man of his age.

  2. unusualadjective

    More than usual.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unusualadjective

    Not common; not frequent; rare.

    With this unusual and strange course they went on, till God, in whose heaviest worldly judgments I nothing doubt but that there may lie hidden mercy, gave them over to their own inventions. Richard Hooker.

    You gain your point, if your industrious art
    Can make unusual words easy and plain. Wentworth Dillon.

    A sprightly red vermilions all her face;
    And her eyes languish with unusual grace. George Granville.

    That peculiar turn, that the words should appear new, yet not unusual, but very proper to his auditors. Henry Felton.

    The river flows redundant, and attacks
    The ling’ring remnant with unusual tide. Philips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unusualadjective

    not usual; uncommon; rare; as, an unusual season; a person of unusual grace or erudition

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unusual

    un-ū′zhū-al, adj. not usual or common.—n. Unusual′ity, rarity.—adv. Unū′sually.—n. Unū′sualness.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2528

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2675

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unusual' in Adjectives Frequency: #325

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unusual in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unusual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unusual in a Sentence

  1. Mark Mahaney:

    It's pretty unusual to have this kind of business model change for a public company — it's such a risky move, it probably helped that Rich Barton was the one coming in to help do it. Rich Barton has an enormous amount of credibility.

  2. William Kirby:

    The recent volatility I think has cooled the ardor of some because they are realizing what an unusual instrument the Shanghai Stock Exchange is.

  3. Harsh Vardhan:

    Let us not fool ourselves that there is no connection between the unusual number of deaths from the ongoing heat wave and the certainty of another failed monsoon, it's not just an unusually hot summer, it is climate change.

  4. Sarah Combs:

    The interesting thing with rhinovirus is that normally it would cause just the common cold, it's normally a very mild virus. It's the most common cause of the common cold, so it is unusual that we're seeing children get sicker than we'd expect. And really what we see is that children are just getting that much sicker, you know, they may be requiring things like BiPap to breathe.

  5. Ron Johnson:

    They were certainly reading probably the most relevant ones as well. Some of the less relevant ones are ones being passed around. It's an interesting process, i've never seen anything like that before. ... This is unusual circumstances calling for kind of( an) unusual process.

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