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[uhn-kom-uh n] /ʌnˈkɒm ən/
adjective, uncommoner, uncommonest.
not common; unusual; rare:
an uncommon word.
unusual in amount or degree; above the ordinary:
an uncommon amount of mail.
exceptional; remarkable.
Origin of uncommon
1540-50; un-1 + common
Related forms
uncommonness, noun
1. scarce, infrequent; odd, singular, strange, peculiar, queer. 2. extraordinary. 3. outstanding. Unabridged
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  • His job is to range around the country and the world and find exotic fruits, or uncommon varieties of common fruits.
  • Visitors rave about the gorgeous wildflowers and uncommon combination of wildlife.
  • Sometimes the construction was not perfect and failures were not uncommon.
  • It isn't uncommon for relationships between dinosaurs to be unstable or uncertain, though.
  • Miller says that the vast majority of missing people are found, but it's not uncommon to see one or two fatalities every year.
  • It is not uncommon to be nominated and you need apply only if you want to be considered for the position.
  • To a certain extent, some of these behaviors are not uncommon among law-enforcement officers themselves.
  • It's not uncommon for the salary not to get discussed at the interview stage, even during an on-campus interview.
  • These things are not uncommon for single unemployed professionals.
  • It's certainly not uncommon for universities to lure academics with the promise of a spousal hire.
British Dictionary definitions for uncommon


outside or beyond normal experience, conditions, etc; unusual
in excess of what is normal: an uncommon liking for honey
an archaic word for uncommonly (sense 2)
Derived Forms
uncommonness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncommon

1540s, "not possessed in common," from un- (1) "not" + common (adj.). Meaning "not commonly occurring, unusual, rare" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Uncommonly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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