noun, plural or·di·nar·ies.
- an order or form for divine service, especially that for saying Mass.
- the service of the Mass exclusive of the canon.
- any of the simplest and commonest charges, usually having straight or broadly curved edges.
- honorable 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.
Origin of ordinary
Examples from the Web for ordinariness
There is an ordinariness, an indistinctness, a generalization, not even to be found in a flock of sheep.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
He tried to take Tump's appearance casually; he tried to maintain an air of ordinariness.Birthright|T.S. Stribling
And withal, the ordinariness and the midland gumption of the scene were shot through with the bright exotic rays of romance!Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Mr. Hazlewood had carried with him a wonderful assurance of ordinariness.Guy and Pauline|Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for ordinariness
noun plural -naries
- the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to dayCompare proper (def. 13)
- a prescribed form of divine service, esp the Mass
- a meal provided regularly at a fixed price
- the inn providing such meals
Word Origin for ordinary
Word Origin and History for ordinariness
early 15c., "belonging to the usual order or course," from Old French ordinarie "ordinary, usual" and directly from Latin ordinarius "customary, regular, usual, orderly," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). Its various noun usages, dating to late 14c. and common until 19c., now largely extinct except in out of the ordinary (1893). In British education, Ordinary level (abbrev. O level), "lowest of the three levels of General Certificate of Education," is attested from 1947. Related: Ordinarily.
Idioms and Phrases with ordinariness
see out of the ordinary.