Extraordinary Definition

ĭk-strôrdn-ĕrē, ĕkstrə-ôr-
Beyond what is ordinary or usual.
Extraordinary authority.
American Heritage
Not according to the usual custom or regular plan.
An extraordinary session of Congress.
Webster's New World
Going far beyond the ordinary degree, measure, limit, etc.; very unusual; exceptional; remarkable.
Webster's New World
Highly exceptional; remarkable.
An extraordinary achievement.
American Heritage
Employed or used for a special service, function, or occasion.
A minister extraordinary; an extraordinary professor.
American Heritage

Origin of Extraordinary

  • Middle English extraordinarie from Latin extraōrdinārius extrā outside extra– ōrdō ōrdin- order order

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem, "outside the order"; equivalent to extra- +‎ ordinary.

    From Wiktionary

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