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ordinary

[ awr-dn-er-ee ]
/ ˈɔr dnˌɛr i /
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adjective

noun, plural or·di·nar·ies.

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Idioms for ordinary

    in ordinary, in regular service: a physician in ordinary to the king.
    out of the ordinary,
    1. exceptional; unusual: Having triplets is certainly out of the ordinary.
    2. exceptionally good; unusually good: The food at this restaurant is truly out of the ordinary.

Origin of ordinary

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English ordinarie (noun and adjective), from Latin ordinārius “regular, of the usual order,” equivalent to ordin- (stem of ordō “row, regular arrangement”) + -ārius adjective suffix; see order, -ary

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3. See common.

OTHER WORDS FROM ordinary

or·di·nar·i·ness, nounqua·si-or·di·nar·y, adjectivesu·per·or·di·nar·y, adjectiveun·or·di·nar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ordinary

ordinary
/ (ˈɔːdənrɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -naries

Word Origin for ordinary

C16: (adj) and C13: (some n senses): ultimately from Latin ordinārius orderly, from ordō order
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Idioms and Phrases with ordinary

ordinary

see out of the ordinary.

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