Definition of unusual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈjuːʒʊəl/


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
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  • 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.
uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, different;
strange, odd, curious, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, out of the way, unorthodox, uncustomary, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, off-centre, deviant, novel, singular, peculiar, queer, bizarre, freakish, quirky, alien;
rare, scarce, few and far between, thin on the ground, exceptional, isolated, occasional, infrequent, irregular, sporadic;
British  out of the common
informal weird, oddball, way out, freaky, something else
North American informal off the wall
dated seldom
1.1Remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others: a man of unusual talent
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  • 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.
remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, singular, particular, marked, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, striking, significant, especial, special, signal, superior, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, prodigious
informal mind-boggling, mind-blowing



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈjuːʒʊəlnəs/
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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