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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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 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.
Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.
“Letters to Afar” demonstrates how ordinary the victims were.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust|Daniel Genis|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a list of seven extraordinary items that were recovered by ordinary individuals just going about their day.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance|The Daily Beast|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A main cause of the disadvantageous appearance exhibited by the ordinary schoolboy, lies in what we denominate sheepishness.Thoughts on Man|William Godwin
I was in a corner of the lower end, when I saw Dubois enter in a stout coat, with his ordinary bearing.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Its majestic form, as it towers high above the ordinary works of man, conveys the repose of conscious strength to the beholder.Getting Acquainted with the Trees|J. Horace McFarland
New Zealand spinach is satisfactory for growing in warm climates, as it withstands heat better than the ordinary spinach.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous
Mere amplitude of the most ordinary elements of water and alluvial land has done this.
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.