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Inflections of ' ordinary' ( ): n noun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. : ordinaries npl plural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 or•di•nar•y /ˈɔrdənˌɛri/
USA pronunciation adj., n., pl. -nar•ies. adj.
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: not a hero but a plain, ordinary man.
customary; usual; normal: wore their ordinary clothes. n.
[ uncountable; the + ~ ]
customary or average condition, degree, etc.: ability far above the ordinary. Idioms
Idioms out of the ordinary:
unusual. unusually good: She wanted to get him a birthday present that was out of the ordinary this year.
or•di•nar•i•ness, n. [ uncountable ] See . -ord- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 or•di•nar•y
′dn er′ē), USA pronunciation adj., n., pl. -nar•ies. adj.
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
plain or undistinguished: ordinary clothes.
somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
customary; usual; normal: We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.
Slang Terms common, vulgar, or disreputable. [Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. ]
(of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with something that is delegated.
(of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class. n.
the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.: ability far above the ordinary.
something regular, customary, or usual.
an order or form for divine service, esp. that for saying Mass. the service of the Mass exclusive of the canon.
World History, Religion a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death. [Hist. ]
World History, Religion a bishop, archbishop, or other ecclesiastic or his deputy, in his capacity as an ex officio ecclesiastical authority. [Eng. Eccles. Law. ]
Law(in some U.S. states) a judge of a court of probate.
British Terms(in a restaurant or inn) a complete meal in which all courses are included at one fixed price, as opposed to à la carte service.
a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all guests and customers the same standard meal or fare.
a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.
any of the simplest and commonest charges, usually having straight or broadly curved edges. See honorable ordinary.
Idioms in ordinary, in regular service: a physician in ordinary to the king. Idioms out of the ordinary:
exceptional; unusual: Having triplets is certainly out of the ordinary. exceptionally good; unusually good: The food at this restaurant is truly out of the ordinary.
or ′di•nar′i•ness, n.
Latin ordinārius regular, of the usual order, equivalent. to ordin- (see order) + -ārius -ary Middle English ordinarie (noun, nominal and adjective, adjectival) 1250–1300
3. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged common. 4. regular, accustomed. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
1. extraordinary, unusual. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ordinary / ˈɔːd/ ənrɪ adj of common or established type or occurrence familiar, everyday, or unexceptional uninteresting or commonplace having regular or ex officio jurisdiction: an ordinary judge (of a differential equation) containing two variables only and derivatives of one of the variables with respect to the other n ( ) pl -naries a common or average situation, amount, or degree (esp in the phrase out of the ordinary) a normal or commonplace person or thing a judge who exercises jurisdiction in his own right ( usually capital) an ecclesiastic, esp a bishop, holding an office to which certain jurisdictional powers are attached the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day a prescribed form of divine service, esp the Mass the US name for penny-farthing any of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields a clergyman who visited condemned prisoners before their death Brit obsolete a meal provided regularly at a fixed price the inn providing such meals in ordinary ⇒ Brit (used esp in titles) in regular service or attendance: physician in ordinary to the sovereign Etymology: 16 th Century: (adj) and C13: (some n senses): ultimately from Latin ordinārius orderly, from ordō order
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