Extraordinary definition

ĭk-strôrdn-ĕrē, ĕkstrə-ôr-
Highly exceptional; remarkable.

An extraordinary achievement.

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Not according to the usual custom or regular plan.

An extraordinary session of Congress.

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Beyond what is ordinary or usual.

Extraordinary authority.

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Employed or used for a special service, function, or occasion.

A minister extraordinary; an extraordinary professor.

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Remarkably good.

An extraordinary poet.

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Going far beyond the ordinary degree, measure, limit, etc.; very unusual; exceptional; remarkable.
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Outside the regular staff; sent on a special errand; having special authority or responsibility.

A minister extraordinary.

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The definition of extraordinary is something or someone that is unusual, exceptional or remarkable.

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.

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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