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[ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˈstrɔr dnˌɛr i, ˌɛk strəˈɔr-/
beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established:
extraordinary costs.
exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable:
extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
(of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility:
minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
Origin of extraordinary
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English extraordinarie < Latin extrāordinārius beyond what is ordinary. See extra-, ordinary
Related forms
[ik-strawr-dn-air-uh-lee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˌstrɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˌɛk strəˌɔr-/ (Show IPA),
extraordinariness, noun
unextraordinary, adjective
1. inordinate. 2. uncommon, singular, rare, phenomenal, special, signal.
1, 2. common, usual. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for extraordinarily


/ɪkˈstrɔːdənrɪ; -dənərɪ/
very unusual, remarkable, or surprising
not in an established manner, course, or order
employed for particular events or purposes
(usually postpositive) (of an official, etc) additional or subordinate to the usual one: a minister extraordinary
Derived Forms
extraordinarily, adverb
extraordinariness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin extraordinārius beyond what is usual; see ordinary
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Word Origin and History for extraordinarily



early 15c., from Latin extraordinarius "out of the common order," from extra ordinem "out of order," especially the usual order, from extra "out" (see extra-) + ordinem (nominative ordo) "order" (see order). Related: Extraordinarily.

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