Definition of unusual in English:

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unusual

Pronunciation: /ˌənˈyo͞oZH(o͞o)əl/

adjective

1Not habitually or commonly occurring or done: the government has taken the unusual step of calling home its ambassador it was unusual for Dennis to be late
More example sentences
  • It might sound arrogant to those of a secular persuasion but it is not unusual.
  • It is not unusual for places to be catapulted to stardom thanks to the medium of TV or cinema.
  • Clearly, this is a river bank and it is not unusual to see rats on a river bank.
1.1Remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others: a man of unusual talent
More example sentences
  • We'd also be interested to know of any other sporting stars with unusual middle names.
  • Now the speculation has begun about what led the proud parents to choose such an unusual name.
  • He said my surname was an unusual name and did I know my ancestors had invented the Biro pen.

Derivatives

unusualness

Pronunciation: /ˌənˈyo͞oZH(o͞o)əlnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • He could not assume that a reader or critic would grasp the unusualness and special, idiosyncratic effect of his verse merely by observing the words on the page.
  • I remarked on the unusualness of the hour when they were coming to effect an arrest but I complied, and off we went.
  • I'm not an ecology expert, but I do know that what's most striking about them is their unusualness.

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Syllabification: un·u·su·al

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