ex·traor·di·nary /ɪkˈstrɔrdṇˌɛri, ˌɛkstrəˈɔr-/
1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies.
To something extraordinary my thoughts. --Milton.
2. Exceeding the common degree, measure. or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary talents or grandeur.
3. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as, an ambassador 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.
Their extraordinary did consist especially in the matter of prayers and devotions. --Jer. Taylor.
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: over-the-top]
3: (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in
addition to those of the regular officials; "an ambassador
extraordinary" [syn: extraordinary(p)]