The Prefix ULTRA- (17 examples – Free PDF Download)

We often hear the prefix ultra- used to describe products and services with an extreme quality. It’s also used in a few nouns that have an extreme quality. This blog post will look at the prefix ultra- in detail with some common examples. 

The prefix Ultra is used in adjectives and nouns to mean very or extremely.
“This laptop computer is ultralight.”
“We offer ultrafast delivery.”

“Tyler is training for an ultramarathon next summer.”

Keep reading for 17 words that use the prefix ultra- with natural example sentences. Plus, you’ll find a downloadable prefix ultra- word list PDF at the end of this page. 

  • ultracompact
  • ultrafast
  • ultrafiltration-link
  • ultrafine
  • ultralight
  • ultramarathon
  • ultramarine-link
  • ultramodern
  • ultranationalism-link
  • ultrapure
  • ultrashort
  • ultrasonic
  • ultrasound
  • ultrathin
  • ultraviolent
  • ultraviolet
  • ultrawide

The Prefix ultra- meaning 

ultra- prefix (in adjectives and nouns) extremely; beyond a particular limit

  • James works in an ultramodern office building downtown.
  • Ultraviolet rays from the sun can be harmful after long exposure.

Word Origin

from Latin ultra ‘beyond’.

ultra_prefix – 

Ultra as a noun – a person who holds extreme views, especially in politics

  • The political rally was full of ultras and things quickly got out of hand. 

ultra_noun – 

Words with the Prefix ultra-

Ultracompact (adjective) – very small and compact.

  • The new phone is ultracompact and can easily fit into a pocket or small purse.

Ultrafast (adjective) – extremely fast.

  • The new internet service is ultrafast and can download large files in the blink of an eye.
The Internet speed at this café is ultrafast.

The Internet speed at this café is ultrafast. The coffee is good too!

Ultrafiltration (noun) – an extremely powerful filtration process that uses a membrane to separate small particles from a liquid.

  • The company uses ultrafiltration to remove impurities from its products.

Ultrafine (adjective) – extremely small or fine 

There were ultrafine particles of dust and pollution in the air around the old factory.

OR of extremely high quality

  • It was a high-class event serving only the best food with ultrafine wines. 

Ultralight (noun) – a very small light aircraft for one or two people

  • My neighbor is a hobby pilot. He owns an ultralight that he flies out of the field behind his house.

*I have also seen the word ultralight used as an adjective to mean – extremely light. 

  • The company just launched its new, ultralight wireless gaming mouse.
I love my Apple mouse, it's ultralight and easy to use.

I love my Apple mouse, it’s ultralight and easy to use.

Ultramarathon (noun) – a long-distance running race that is longer than a traditional marathon, usually covering a distance of 50 kilometers or more

  • The ultramarathon is a grueling race that challenges even the most seasoned runners.

Ultramarine (noun) – a deep blue color

  • The artist’s generous use of brilliant orange and ultramarine causes his paintings to come alive.

Ultra-modern (adjective) – very modern or contemporary

  • The ultramodern office building features cutting-edge technology and a sleek design.
My family is moving to an ultramodern smart home next month. We can't wait.

My family is moving to an ultramodern smart home next month. We can’t wait.

Ultranationalism (noun) – radical loyalty and devotion to a nation: extreme nationalism

  • The rise of ultranationalism has led to increased tensions with neighboring countries. It’s also causing tensions among its own citizens. 

Ultrapure (adjective) – extremely pure or free from impurities.

  • The water used in scientific experiments must be ultrapure. Even the slightest impurities could in the water affect the results.

Ultrashort (adjective) – (of radio waves) having a very short wavelength (shorter than 10 meters), with a frequency greater than 30 megahertz

  • The advent of intense ultrashort coherent light pulses has revolutionized the spectroscopy field.

    Ultrasonic (adjective) – sound waves that are too high in frequency to be heard by the human ear, typically used in medical imaging and cleaning.

    • The ultrasonic cleaner uses high-frequency sound waves to remove dirt and grime from jewelry.

    Ultrasound (noun) – A medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs and tissues.

    • The doctor ordered an ultrasound to check for any abnormalities in the patient’s liver.

    Ultrathin (adjective) – extremely or extraordinarily thin

    • The new smartphone is ultrathin, making it easy to hold and use with one hand.
    My phone is new, ultrathin but it was not too expensive.

    My phone is new, ultrathin but it was not too expensive.

    Ultraviolence (noun) – extreme or excessive violence

    • The director was criticized for the ultraviolence present in all of his movies. 

    Ultraviolent – extremely violent or brutal.

    • The movie’s ultraviolent scenes were not suitable for all audiences.

    Ultraviolet (adjective) – light waves that have a higher frequency than visible light, typically used in tanning or sterilization

    • The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer.

    Ultrawide (adjective) – extremely wide.

    • The ultrawide monitor provides an immersive viewing experience for gaming and multimedia content.
    My ultrawide monitor, on the other hand, was very expensive.

    My ultrawide monitor, on the other hand, was very expensive.

    Printable Prefix ULTRA- PDF Word List

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