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
Related formsor·di·nar·i·ness, nounqua·si-or·di·nar·y, adjectivesu·per·or·di·nar·y, adjectiveun·or·di·nar·y, adjective
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
Idioms and Phrases with ordinariness
see out of the ordinary.