from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not ordinary; exceptional; unusual;
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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I use the term extraordinary because the event was organized around the launch of the U.S. studio of the Russian news service, 'The Voice of Russia.'
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.