American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Beyond what is ordinary or usual: extraordinary authority.
- adj. Highly exceptional; remarkable: an extraordinary achievement.
- adj. Employed or used for a special service, function, or occasion: a minister extraordinary; an extraordinary professor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being beyond or out of the common order or rule; not of the usual, customary, or regular kind; not ordinary: as, extraordinary evils require extraordinary remedies.
- Not pertaining to a regular system or sequence; exceptional; special: as, an extraordinary courier or messenger; an ambassador extraordinary; the extraordinary jurisdiction of a court; a gazette extraordinary.
- In universities, relating to studies outside of the regular curriculum, or to lectures not recognized by the university as of the first rank of importance. In the middle ages ordinary lectures were so called because their subjects, forms, times, and places were fixed by the faculty or nation, while those of the extraordinary lectures were within certain limits left to the will of the lecturer. The extraordinary lectures could only be given at times not occupied by ordinary lectures. They treated of every subject except logic, theology, law, and medicine.
- Exceeding the common degree or measure; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful: as, the extraordinary genius of Shakspere; an edifice of extraordinary grandeur.
- Synonyms Unusual, singular, extra, unwonted, signal, egregious, marvelous, prodigious, strange, preposterous.
- n. Anything uncommon or unusual; a thing exceeding the usual order, practice, or method.
- n. An express messenger or courier.
- n. Extra expense or indulgence.
- n. In the British service, an allowance to troops beyond the gross pay, such as the expenses for barracks, encampments, etc.
- Remarkably; exceptionally; extraordinarily.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary
- adj. Exceeding the common degree, measure. or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful.
- adj. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service.
- n. That which is extraordinary; -- used especially in the plural.
- adj. far more than usual or expected
- adj. beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
- adj. (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials
- Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem, "outside the order". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English extraordinarie, from Latin extraōrdinārius : extrā, outside; see extra- + ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see order. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Mr. Obama also thanked Australian troops for making what he described as extraordinary contributions in Afghanistan.”
“Saying Americans are still grieving and in shock, President Obama cited what he called extraordinary courage of people who fought to subdue the suspected gunman.”
“Obama said millions of Americans with Irish roots regard Ireland as the "homeland" of what he called their "extraordinary traditions.”
““Vice President Cheney, I think, continues to defend what he calls extraordinary measures or procedures when it comes to interrogations and from my view waterboarding is torture,” Obama said.”
“UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The committee praised what it called his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.”
“Tonight, we're reporting on the president's demands for what he calls extraordinary action to tackle a worsening recession.”
“Said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, he and members oppose the bill, but welcome the debate as a way of airing what he calls the extraordinary progress in Iraq over the last six months -- another sign, perhaps, that the war is no longer universally viewed as political poison.”
“SNOW: Obama said it will take what he calls extraordinary policy responses to tackle an economic crisis of historic proportion.”
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