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.
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Idioms for ordinary
Origin of ordinary
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OTHER WORDS FROM ordinaryor·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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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ORDINARY
What does ordinary mean?
Ordinary means usual, normal, or of no special quality.
Sometimes, the word is used in a negative way to mean somewhat inferior, below average, or just plain—in much the same way as the word mediocre.
Describing something as ordinary usually means that it’s very basic or commonplace—there’s nothing special or unusual about it. An ordinary day is one in which nothing unexpected happens.
You could describe a person as ordinary to mean that they’re normal, as in People treat me like a celebrity, but I’m just an ordinary guy. But using ordinary to describe a person can also be an insult, as in I don’t know what you see in him—he’s so ordinary.
Ordinary can also be used as a noun (especially in the ordinary) referring to the common or usual state or condition. This is how the word is used in the phrase out of the ordinary, which means unusual, uncommon, or exceptional.
Example: He was so ordinary it was almost suspicious—no one’s that normal!
Where does ordinary come from?
The first records of the word ordinary come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin ordinārius, meaning “regular” or “of the usual order.”
Ordinary things are regular—they exist in the usual order of things. The adverb form ordinarily means “usually” or “in an ordinary manner.”
Describing something as extraordinary doesn’t mean it’s “extra ordinary” or “extra normal” but instead means it’s “beyond ordinary”—it’s unusual, exceptional, or out of the ordinary.
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What are some other forms of ordinary?
- ordinarily (adverb)
- ordinariness (noun)
What are some synonyms for ordinary?
What are some words that share a root or word element with ordinary?
What are some words that often get used in discussing ordinary?
How is ordinary used in real life?
Ordinary is commonly used to mean “normal” or “regular,” but it can also be used in a negative way to mean “inferior” or “not at all special.”
In ordinary circumstances, ammonium nitrate is fertilizer. But when placed under stress of heat and pressure, it acts like a bomb. https://t.co/JHXlGvNBDZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 6, 2020
— io9 (@io9) September 26, 2019
I only remember my dad watching us once. My mom went to an out of town funeral. I was seven and he made Campbell’s chicken noodle soup and oranges. It was 57 years ago and is still such a great memory. So fun and so out of the ordinary (I didn’t know that he could cook).
— Debbie Galant (@debgal55) September 15, 2020
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to describe something that’s considered ordinary?
Example sentences from the Web for ordinary
The company also offers a Web dashboard of data for ordinary investors.How the rich got richer: Reddit trading frenzy benefited Wall Street elite|Douglas MacMillan, Yeganeh Torbati|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
Internet shutdowns “hurt ordinary people by depriving us of our fundamental rights to access information, to connect with family members, and they also put our physical safety at risk,” Micek says.Myanmar: How repressive regimes quash dissent with Internet shutdowns|Robert Hackett|February 2, 2021|Fortune
The two of us primarily text, so a call was out of the ordinary.I jumped the queue to get an expiring vaccine. Did I do the right thing?|Niall Firth|February 1, 2021|MIT Technology Review
These two appear to be ordinary, run-of-the-mill tectonic quakes.Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows|Robin George Andrews|February 1, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Instead, wealth is transferred from ordinary investors to bubble sellers.The epic GameStop short squeeze continues to roil global markets—even Bitcoin is off|Bernhard Warner|January 28, 2021|Fortune
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They refused to believe that ordinary humans could beat them at their own game.
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|DAILY BEAST
“My experience was very ordinary, but very privileged,” she said.Women Share Their Secret Abortion Stories For 1 in 3 Campaign|Brandy Zadrozny|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bacteria, when present in great numbers, give a uniform cloud which cannot be removed by ordinary filtration.
All the ordinary subjects in schools have been taught over and over again millions and millions of times.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
In one sense, then, the new issue has adequate expansibility for ordinary needs.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
When ordinary methods do not suffice, it can usually be cleared by shaking up with a little magnesium carbonate and filtering.
It behaves the same as glucose with all the ordinary tests, and can be distinguished only by polarization.
British Dictionary definitions for ordinary
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 ordinary
see out of the ordinary.