Meaning of “unexpected” in the English Dictionary

"unexpected" in British English

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uk /ˌʌn.ɪkˈspek.tɪd/ us /ˌʌn.ɪkˈspek.tɪd/

B1 not expected:

Her resignation was completely unexpected.
How lovely to see you here - this really is an unexpected pleasure!

More examples

  • The president made an unexpected announcement this morning.
  • His ascent to power was rapid and unexpected.
  • The research produced some rather unexpected results.
  • Events took an unexpected turn when her mother suddenly arrived.
  • There's an unexpected twist in the plot towards the end of the film.
adverb uk /ˌʌn.ɪkˈspek.tɪ us /ˌʌn.ɪkˈspek.tɪ

(Definition of “unexpected” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unexpected" in American English

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us /ˌʌn·ɪkˈspek·tɪd/

not expected; surprising:

What an unexpected treat to meet you here!

(Definition of “unexpected” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)