Definition of unusual in English:

unusual

adjective

  • 1Not habitually or commonly occurring or done.

    ‘the government has taken the unusual step of calling home its ambassador’
    ‘it was unusual for Dennis to be late’
    • ‘It was not unusual for highly intelligent men to be attracted to cults or sects, she said.’
    • ‘Clearly, this is a river bank and it is not unusual to see rats on a river bank.’
    • ‘The court heard that it was not unusual for him to go out and drink 20 pints in an evening.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for places to be catapulted to stardom thanks to the medium of TV or cinema.’
    • ‘It is not unusual to see smokers dragging on cigarettes between mouthfuls at meals.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for him to misunderstand a question and give an answer bearing no relation to it.’
    • ‘These range from the common such as rib fractures to the more unusual such as pneumoscrotum.’
    • ‘It was indeed a very unusual thing to see such a large assembly of people in Westhoughton at so early an hour.’
    • ‘He is a captain so it maybe a little unusual but more common than what you think.’
    • ‘The Alliance has taken the unusual step of warning its members to hold their fire.’
    • ‘The fears prompted them to take the unusual step of releasing his details and picture.’
    • ‘He tried not to isolate and figure out what the unusual stench emanating from the earpiece was.’
    • ‘Today they took the unusual step of releasing a photograph in an effort to trace him.’
    • ‘So falls are not unusual although falls of this sort of magnitude are relatively rare.’
    • ‘It is also classic eagle country, and it is not unusual to spot one or two soaring overhead.’
    • ‘Theft is nothing unusual at the shop, which suffers shoplifting on a daily basis.’
    • ‘It might sound arrogant to those of a secular persuasion but it is not unusual.’
    • ‘He took the unusual step of urging Americans not to buy petrol if they don't have to.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for a trainer to bring a horse to a course, then find that the ground is unsuitable.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for me to spend about a quarter of the year away from home.’
    uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, different
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    1. 1.1 Remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others.
      ‘a man of unusual talent’
      • ‘The evening ended with a game of charades with some very unusual and funny pub names to guess.’
      • ‘Your imagination is uniquely designed to solve everyday problems in unusual ways.’
      • ‘He said my surname was an unusual name and did I know my ancestors had invented the Biro pen.’
      • ‘Male meiosis of Drosophila melanogaster is unusual in some respects.’
      • ‘Universally acknowledged as highly intelligent and articulate, she is unusual in many respects.’
      • ‘He is a devoted collector of usual and unusual objects with one thing in common, a history.’
      • ‘It was an unusual name, and Cornwell had known for years that it would be no hard task to look it up.’
      • ‘She used her skills as a graphic artist to create unusual images to give each a unique look.’
      • ‘We'd also be interested to know of any other sporting stars with unusual middle names.’
      • ‘We can look after you, and make sure that you face no problems because of your unusual talents.’
      • ‘What made this extraordinary story even more unusual is that Lee was a woman.’
      • ‘In publishing, it is easy to mistake the effects of chance for those of unusual talent.’
      • ‘What do you think of the name and the trend of celebrities giving their kids unusual names?’
      • ‘The tomato is unusual in this respect, as very few other fruit accumulate lycopene.’
      • ‘Among his more unusual jobs had been providing a quote for a trap to capture the Loch Ness Monster!’
      • ‘Now the speculation has begun about what led the proud parents to choose such an unusual name.’
      • ‘They also spotted a number of birds, badger prints and unusual buildings along the way.’
      • ‘The Keighley centre is unusual because the building has twice been used by Buddhists.’
      • ‘It seems many of us are suckers for a big name, a logo and a fancy box or unusual design.’
      • ‘The unusual combination of sweet and savoury proved to be very polarising in this country.’
      remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, singular, particular, marked, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, striking, significant, especial, special, signal, superior, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, prodigious
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Pronunciation

unusual

/ʌnˈjuːʒʊəl/