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extraordinary

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Etymology

Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem, "outside the order".

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɪksˈtrɔː(r)dɪˌnərɪ/, /ɪksˈtrɔː(r)dɪnˌrɪ/, /ˌɛkstrəˈɔː(r)dɪˌnərɪ/, /ˌɛkstrəˈɔː(r)dɪnˌrɪ/
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Adjective

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extraordinary

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  1. not ordinary; exceptional; unusual;
    • 1921, G. B. Shaw, Back to Methuselah,  
      Everybody knew I was an extraordinary person. When I was born my beard was three feet long.
    • 1978, Spanish Constitution of 1978,  
      The Houses may meet in extraordinary sessions at the request of the Government, of the Permanent Deputation or of the overall majority of members of either of the two Houses. Extraordinary sessions must be convened with a specific agenda and shall be adjourned once this has been dealt with.

Usage notes

  • Can be said of all kinds of objects including people, events, things, and terms.

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