- 1Very unusual or remarkable: the extraordinary plumage of the male [with clause]: it is extraordinary that no consultation took placeMore example sentences
remarkable, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvellous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigious, spectacular; striking, outstanding, momentous, impressive, singular, signal, pre-eminent, memorable, unforgettable, never to be forgotten, unique, arresting, eye-catching, conspicuous, noteworthy, notable, great; out of the ordinary, unusual, uncommon, rare, surprising, curious, strange, odd, peculiar, uncanny; Scottish unco• literary wondrous
- He's an extraordinary father and a remarkable husband, a terrific human being.
- This extraordinary woman lived a remarkable life.
- Taken alone, this is not an extraordinary remark.
- 1.1Unusually great: young children need extraordinary amounts of attentionMore example sentences
- The second is the gender division of work, she says, looking at the larger issue of why first generation schoolgoers in particular require an extraordinary amount of care and attention.
- Britain produces an extraordinary amount of commentary, in print, on television and on radio; so much that the production of opinion can seem to be our dominant industry, the thing we are best at and most take to.
- Platoon leaders and platoon sergeants spend an extraordinary amount of time not on deciding who deserves medals but working on the grammar and presentation of the citation.
- 2 [attributive] (Of a meeting) specially convened: an extraordinary session of the CongressMore example sentences
- Immediately after the public meeting, Durrington parish council convened an extraordinary meeting and voted to oppose the English Heritage application.
- A move to dissolve the society and distribute assets was defeated at an extraordinary meeting convened by Mr Kelly in July that year.
- The prince also said he will convene an extraordinary session if it is necessary to finalize the bill.
- 2.1 [postpositive] (Of an official) specially employed in addition to the usual staff: an Ambassador ExtraordinaryMore example sentences
- It states that the Ambassador Extraordinary was "considerably astonished" to be called upon to pay 600 francs for the hire of carriages.
- This Ambassador extraordinary was issued a red (diplomatic) passport as well.
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- An item in a company’s accounts not arising from its normal activities. Compare with exceptional.More example sentences
- Of the total "army extraordinaries" of £315,917 submitted to the House of Commons on February 6, 1767, only £111,287 had arisen from North America.
- Companies reporting profits before extraordinaries for several continuing years can suddenly tail spin to wipe out its entire capital and accumulated profits.
- [as submodifier]: an extraordinarily beautiful girlMore example sentences
- A few years ago he had a moment with an extraordinarily beautiful woman in a bar, and she fell for him entirely.
- Life can be extraordinarily beautiful and it's just a case of choosing to see that.
- A prodigy is an individual who capitalizes on a unique talent at an extraordinarily young age.
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- This doesn't mean there's no room for extraordinariness in some capacity, but some parenting books do contribute to a kind of hysteria.
- John seemed the least harmed of the three famous brothers, but he was still prevented from taking an ordinary place in life, compelled to impress his extraordinariness in his work.
- Driven by the desire to be remembered for their extraordinariness, people go to absurd lengths to see their names in print to achieve some measure of immortality.
late Middle English: from Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem 'outside the normal course of events'.