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 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
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with ordinary
see out of the ordinary.