• Phenomena


    Alternative forms


    phenomena pl
    1. phenomena

      (irregular plural of phenomenon)
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 2, She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, ; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, —all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.

    Usage notes

    In correct English, the term phenomena is always plural, with no exceptions. It is widely used incorrectly as a singular noun.

    Inflected forms do not have translations, unless there are special meanings

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