Definition of phenomenal in US English:

phenomenal

adjective

  • 1Very remarkable; extraordinary.

    ‘the town expanded at a phenomenal rate’
    • ‘The mites breed at a phenomenal rate in soft furnishings such as pillows and mattresses.’
    • ‘The effort by teachers, parents, pupils and the general public was phenomenal.’
    • ‘Over the four days he was quite breathtaking and it was wonderful to sit back and admire such phenomenal skill.’
    • ‘It was a phenomenal success and played to capacity crowds at many venues.’
    • ‘I know 10 have been penalties but he's won most of them taking people on, and his work rate has been phenomenal.’
    • ‘The crowds have flocked back, the feel-good factor has been phenomenal.’
    • ‘When WFCAM is scanning the sky it will produce images at a phenomenal rate.’
    • ‘These great performances are supplemented by quite breathtaking visuals of a phenomenal quality.’
    • ‘Yet despite this phenomenal strike rate of nearly a goal every two games, nobody has really taken any notice.’
    • ‘As a result, the music has plenty of breathing space for the phenomenal basslines to move around.’
    • ‘His scoring rate was phenomenal and he is definitely one of the jewels in Tipperary's crown.’
    • ‘I did this gig to 4,000 people on Sunday night and got a standing ovation and the noise and energy were phenomenal.’
    • ‘I'm here, reluctantly, to find out what's behind the phenomenal rise in the sales of male make-up.’
    • ‘Just to play in the Open would have been amazing, but to play in front of such a phenomenal crowd was tremendous.’
    • ‘Breath was going in and out of her at a phenomenal rate and she found herself in a cold sweat.’
    • ‘We had phenomenal cars, fantastic drivers and exciting races - who could ask for more from a race meeting?’
    • ‘To pay for this programme we should put a tax on office building, which has gone up at a phenomenal rate.’
    • ‘He is leaving established international acts in the shade and is chalking up phenomenal album sales.’
    • ‘What I also know about John is that he has a phenomenal will to win and takes the game incredibly seriously.’
    • ‘His work rate has been, at times, nothing short of phenomenal, particularly for England.’
    exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, astounding, stunning, staggering, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, sensational, breathtaking, miraculous, singular
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  • 2Perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.

    ‘the phenomenal world’
    • ‘Now one might wonder why the immediacy of visual perception and the phenomenal principle are in conflict.’
    • ‘Heidegger is not simply describing the phenomenal character of our experience of others.’
    • ‘Is the phenomenal character of experience reducible to its intentional content?’
    • ‘Nietzsche rejected the Kantian distinction between a noumenal and phenomenal world.’
    • ‘The atomists attributed phenomenal changes to the association and dissociation of atoms.’

Pronunciation

phenomenal

/fəˈnɑmənəl//fəˈnämənəl/