Definition of unusual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈjuːʒuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈjuːʒuəl//
    ; BrE BrE//ʌnˈjuːʒəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈjuːʒəl//
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  1. 1  different from what is usual or normal synonym uncommon It's unusual for the trees to flower so early. She has a very unusual name. It's not unusual for young doctors to work a 70-hour week (= it happens often).
  2. 2  different from other similar things and therefore interesting and attractive an unusual colour
  3. Extra examples It was considered unusual for a woman to study medicine. It’s not at all unusual to feel very tired in the early months of pregnancy. It’s unusual for a woman to do this job. The arrival of a taxi was unusual enough; an unknown woman getting out of it was sensational. The organization is unusual in several respects. This is a highly unusual case. He’s a man of unusual strength and courage. He’s a writer with an unusual sensitivity to the differences between past and present. If you have an unusual hobby you would like to share with our readers, write to… It was unusual to see anyone out on the streets at this hour. It’s highly unusual for her to be so late. It’s not unusual for junior doctors to work 60 hours a week. It’s unusual for apple trees to flower so early. The best teachers had enthusiasm and an unusual energy and commitment. The conference has generated an unusual degree of interest. The house has several unusual but interesting features. The island is a land of unusual beauty and vivid contrasts. The new chairman has an unusual breadth of experience. The painter reveals unusual skill in representing three-dimensional objects. The wine, with its deliciously mature, honeyed fruit, is an unusual bargain. What an unusual colour!
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