Definition of extraordinary in English:


Line breaks: extra|or¦din|ary
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstrɔːd(ə)n(ə)ri
, ɛk-, ˌɛkstrəˈɔːdɪn(ə)ri


  • 2 [attributive] (Of a meeting) specially convened: an extraordinary session of the Congress
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    • 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 Extraordinary
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    • 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.
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    • 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 girl
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  • 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'.

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