- An example of extraordinary is a special session of the city council called by the mayor.
- An example of extraordinary is the talent of an olympic skier.
The definition of extraordinary is something or someone that is unusual, exceptional or remarkable.
- not according to the usual custom or regular plan: an extraordinary session of Congress
- going far beyond the ordinary degree, measure, limit, etc.; very unusual; exceptional; remarkable
- outside the regular staff; sent on a special errand; having special authority or responsibility: a minister extraordinary
Origin of extraordinaryMiddle English extraordinari ; from Classical Latin extraordinarius ; from extra ordinem, out of the usual order ; from extra + accusative of ordo, order
- Beyond what is ordinary or usual: extraordinary authority.
- Highly exceptional; remarkable: an extraordinary achievement.
- Employed or used for a special service, function, or occasion: a minister extraordinary; an extraordinary professor.
Origin of extraordinaryMiddle English extraordinarie, from Latin extra&omacron;rdinarius : extra, outside; see extra– + &omacron;rd&omacron;, &omacron;rdin-, order; see order.
(comparative more extraordinary, superlative most extraordinary)
- Can be said of all kinds of objects including people, events, things, and terms.
- The pronunciation "extrordinary" is often preferred so as to avoid confusion with "extra ordinary", which would be defined as "more ordinary than usual".