Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exceptional”

See all translations

exceptional

adjective
 
 
/ɪkˈsepʃənəl/
unusual; not what happens regularly or is expected: The industry is anxious to stress that this is an exceptional case. These are exceptional circumstances.in exceptional circumstances/cases This right to sell the shares will apply only in exceptional cases. A £2.5m exceptional charge from redundancies contributed to full-year losses. exceptional costs
much greater or better than usual: The effort put in by the team over the last five days has been exceptional. Her leadership style produced exceptional results.
exceptionally adverb
(Definition of exceptional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of exceptional?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “exceptional” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More