Outre

Outré

o͞oˈtrā

Adjective

  • Unusual and startling.
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Example Sentences

“Their 25th-anniversary party was so outré, they’ll never be able to top it.”

“The word ‘interesting’ is actually quite bland in comparison to the lyrical French adjective ‘outré.'”

“When you see the outré peacock fountain, turn left into my neighborhood.”

Word Origin

French, 1720s

Why this word?

This adjective, meaning “unusual and startling,” carries a certain connotation with it. To use “outré,” a French loanword, instead of a more recognizable synonym such as “eccentric” or “unconventional,” implies the situation goes beyond the bounds of standard English.

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