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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɔːrdənəri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɔrdənˌɛri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ôrdn er′ē)


Inflections of 'ordinary' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": ordinaries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
or•di•nar•y /ˈɔrdənˌɛri/USA pronunciation   adj., n., pl.  -nar•ies. 
adj. 
  1. of no special quality or interest;
    commonplace;
    unexceptional:not a hero but a plain, ordinary man.
  2. customary;
    usual;
    normal:wore their ordinary clothes.

n. [uncountable;  the + ~]
  1. customary or average condition, degree, etc.:ability far above the ordinary.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsout 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  (ôrdn er′ē),USA pronunciation  adj., n., pl.  -nar•ies. 
adj. 
  1. of no special quality or interest;
    commonplace;
    unexceptional:One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
  2. plain or undistinguished:ordinary clothes.
  3. somewhat inferior or below average;
    mediocre.
  4. customary;
    usual;
    normal:We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.
  5. Slang Terms[Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.]common, vulgar, or disreputable.
  6. (of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with something that is delegated.
  7. (of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class.

n. 
  1. the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.:ability far above the ordinary.
  2. something regular, customary, or usual.
  3. Religion[Eccles.]
    • an order or form for divine service, esp. that for saying Mass.
    • the service of the Mass exclusive of the canon.
  4. World History, Religion[Hist.]a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.
  5. World History, Religion[Eng. Eccles. Law.]a bishop, archbishop, or other ecclesiastic or his deputy, in his capacity as an ex officio ecclesiastical authority.
  6. Law(in some U.S. states) a judge of a court of probate.
  7. 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.
  8. a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all guests and customers the same standard meal or fare.
  9. a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.
  10. Heraldry
    • any of the simplest and commonest charges, usually having straight or broadly curved edges.
    • See  honorable ordinary. 
  11. Idiomsin ordinary, in regular service:a physician in ordinary to the king.
  12. Idiomsout 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.
ordi•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 corresponding entry in Unabridged See  common. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged regular, accustomed.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extraordinary, unusual.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ordinary /ˈɔːdənrɪ/ adj
  1. of common or established type or occurrence
  2. familiar, everyday, or unexceptional
  3. uninteresting or commonplace
  4. having regular or ex officio jurisdiction: an ordinary judge
  5. (of a differential equation) containing two variables only and derivatives of one of the variables with respect to the other
n ( pl -naries)
  1. a common or average situation, amount, or degree (esp in the phrase out of the ordinary)
  2. a normal or commonplace person or thing
  3. a judge who exercises jurisdiction in his own right
  4. (usually capital) an ecclesiastic, esp a bishop, holding an office to which certain jurisdictional powers are attached
  5. the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day
  6. a prescribed form of divine service, esp the Mass
  7. the US name for penny-farthing
  8. any of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields
  9. a clergyman who visited condemned prisoners before their death
  10. Brit obsolete a meal provided regularly at a fixed price
  11. the inn providing such meals
  12. in ordinaryBrit (used esp in titles) in regular service or attendance: physician in ordinary to the sovereign
Etymology: 16th Century: (adj) and C13: (some n senses): ultimately from Latin ordinārius orderly, from ordō order
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Collocations: was nothing out of the ordinary, didn't [do, say] anything out of the ordinary, [that's] not anything out of the ordinary for him, more...

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