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extraordinary

[ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˈstrɔr dnˌɛr i, ˌɛk strəˈɔr-/
adjective
1.
beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established:
extraordinary costs.
2.
exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable:
extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
3.
(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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English extraordinarie < Latin extrāordinārius beyond what is ordinary. See extra-, ordinary
Related forms
extraordinarily
[ik-strawr-dn-air-uh-lee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˌstrɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˌɛk strəˌɔr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
extraordinariness, noun
unextraordinary, adjective
Synonyms
1. inordinate. 2. uncommon, singular, rare, phenomenal, special, signal.
Antonyms
1, 2. common, usual.
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British Dictionary definitions for extraordinary

extraordinary

/ɪkˈstrɔːdənrɪ; -dənərɪ/
adjective
1.
very unusual, remarkable, or surprising
2.
not in an established manner, course, or order
3.
employed for particular events or purposes
4.
(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 extraordinary
adj.

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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