• IPA: /ˈʌltɹə/


  1. Extreme; far beyond the norm; fanatical; uncompromising.
    an ultra reformer; ultra measures

ultra (plural ultras)

  1. An ultraroyalist in France.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 37:
      "At any rate that is what he explained to me," I said hastily while the lawyer rubbed his long ultra's nose and sighed.
  2. An extremist.
  3. (soccer) An especially devoted football fan, typically associated with the intimidating use of extremist slogans, pyrotechnics and sometimes hooligan violence.
    • 2012, ALINA BERNSTEIN, Neil Blain, Sport, Media, Culture: Global and Local Dimensions, Routledge ISBN 9781136344848, page 183
      A similar view is expressed by a Turin supporter in Segre's study, but in this case it is more specifically addressed to how powerful teams, such as Juventus, get preferential treatment in reports on the negative aspects of the ultras world.
    • 2013, Richard Guilianotti, Football, Violence and Social Identity, Routledge ISBN 9781134859436, page 77
      If a member of an official football club can be said to be a citizen of the football world, an ultra has to be considered as a militant.
    • 2015, Jamie Cleland, A Sociology of Football in a Global Context, Routledge ISBN 9781135007638, page 30
      Although the intention initially was to distribute tickets and arrange travel to away matches, ultras quickly became actively organised and developed an overtly passionate cultural and political identity inside each curva
  4. (athletics) An ultramarathon.
  5. (climbing) An ultra-prominent peak.
  6. (usually, capitalised) Code name used by British codebreakers during World War 2 for decrypted information gained from the enemy.
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