EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French extraordinaire.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪkˌstɹɔː(ɹ).dɪˈnɛː(ɹ)/

AdjectiveEdit

extraordinaire (not comparable)

  1. (postpositive) Extraordinary, remarkable, outstanding.
  2. (postpositive) (of a person) Particularly skilled; unusually active; particularly successful.
    He was a dancer extraordinaire.
    Charlie Parker, saxophonist extraordinaire, released many records.

Usage notesEdit

  • When used after a plural noun, the adjective is occasionally pluralized as extraordinaires like in French, so that (for example) both dancers extraordinaire and dancers extraordinaires can be found.

NounEdit

extraordinaire (uncountable)

  1. Something particularly remarkable or outstanding.
    • 2012, Lonely Planet, ‎Nicola Williams, ‎Kerry Christiani, Lonely Planet Switzerland
      "The very best of Swiss dining in this essentially rural country is as much about experience as culinary extraordinaire."

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin extraordinārius.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛk.stʁa.ɔʁ.di.nɛʁ/, /ɛk.stʁɔʁ.di.nɛʁ/
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

extraordinaire (plural extraordinaires)

  1. extraordinary, out of the ordinary
    Antonym: ordinaire

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