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
Synonyms for ordinary
Antonyms for ordinary
Examples from the Web for ordinary
Contemporary Examples of ordinary
There was nothing out of the ordinary, but for the fact that Jim was gay.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its seventies heyday.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
They refused to believe that ordinary humans could beat them at their own game.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
At the White House on Monday, Obama praised Hagel as “no ordinary secretary of defense.”Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of ordinary
“And so I have,” said Randall with something of his ordinary humour.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Are they not sufficiently well paid to have the ordinary comforts of life?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
But the ways of the police are not always those of ordinary decency.
But, in spite of these ordinary defects, he was fond of his work and wishful to excel in it.
At least, she had kept him from the outrageous folly of an ordinary burglary.
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
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.
see out of the ordinary.