Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “unusual”

See all translations

unusual

adjective uk   /ʌnˈjuː.ʒu.əl/ us  
A2 different from others of the same type in a way that is surprising, interesting, or attractive: "Do you like the new settee?" "Very much, it's most unusual." [+ to infinitive] It's unusual to have adult conversation like that with such a young child. I was actually on time, which is unusual for me.
More examples
Translations of “unusual”
in Korean 흔치 않은…
in Arabic غَيْر عادي…
in French exceptionnel…
in Turkish ender, nadir, alışık olunmayan…
in Italian insolito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不同尋常的,非比一般的, 獨特的…
in Russian необычный…
in Polish niezwykły…
in Spanish raro, poco común, inhabitual…
in Portuguese inusitado, incomum…
in German ungewöhnlich…
in Catalan inusual…
in Japanese 珍しい, 変わった…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不同寻常的,非比一般的, 独特的…
(Definition of unusual from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of unusual?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “unusual” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck out

to be very lucky

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More