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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable;
- Example: "extraordinary authority"
- Example: "an extraordinary achievement"
- Example: "her extraordinary beauty"
- Example: "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"
- Example: "an extraordinary capacity for work"
- Example: "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

2. far more than usual or expected;
- Example: "an extraordinary desire for approval"
- Example: "it was an over-the-top experience"
[syn: extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful]

3. (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials;
- Example: "an ambassador extraordinary"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Extraordinary \Ex*traor"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. Extraordinaries. That which is extraordinary; -- used especially in the plural; as, extraordinaries excepted, there is nothing to prevent success. [1913 Webster] Their extraordinary did consist especially in the matter of prayers and devotions. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Extraordinary \Ex*traor"di*na*ry\, a. [L. extraordinarius; extra on the outside + ordinarius: cf. F. extraordinaire. See Ordinary.] 1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies. [1913 Webster] Which dispose To something extraordinary my thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Exceeding the common degree, measure. or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary talents or grandeur. [1913 Webster] 3. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as, an ambassador extraordinary. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

extraordinary adj 1: beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature" [ant: ordinary] 2: far more than usual or expected; "an extraordinary desire for approval"; "it was an over-the-top experience" [syn: extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful] 3: (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials; "an ambassador extraordinary"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

132 Moby Thesaurus words for "extraordinary": abnormal, absolute, amazing, appalling, astonishing, astounding, beguiling, bewildering, bizarre, celebrated, certain, concrete, conspicuous, curious, defined, definite, detailed, determinate, different, distinct, distinguished, egregious, eminent, enigmatic, esoteric, especial, esteemed, estimable, exceptional, express, fabulous, fantastic, fascinating, fixed, formidable, gorgeous, impressive, improbable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, indescribable, individual, ineffable, inner, intimate, legendary, lovely, marked, marvelous, memorable, minute, miraculous, more than expected, mythical, noble, notable, noteworthy, noticeable, odd, of mark, out-of-the-way, outlandish, outstanding, particular, passing strange, past expectation, peculiar, personal, phenomenal, portentous, precise, prestigious, private, prodigious, prominent, puzzling, queer, rare, remarkable, rememberable, reputable, respective, salient, sensational, several, signal, singular, smashing, solipsistic, special, specific, strange, striking, stupefying, stupendous, sudden, super, superior, surprising, telling, terrific, unannounced, unanticipated, unbelievable, uncommon, undivined, unexampled, unexpected, unforeseeable, unforeseen, unforgettable, unguessed, unheard-of, unheralded, unhoped for, unimaginable, unique, unordinary, unparalleled, unprecedented, unpredictable, unpredicted, unprepared for, unreal, unspeakable, unthinkable, unusual, unwonted, without warning, wonderful, wondrous