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[uhn-yoo-zhoo-uh l, -yoozh-wuh l] /ʌnˈyu ʒu əl, -ˈyuʒ wəl/
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
Origin of unusual
1575-85; un-1 + usual
Related forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
extraordinary, remarkable; rare, strange, singular, curious, queer, odd. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unusual


out of the ordinary; uncommon; extraordinary: an unusual design
Derived Forms
unusually, adverb
unusualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unusual

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + usual. Related: Unusually.

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