ordinary

[ awr-dn-er-ee ]
/ ˈɔr dnˌɛr i /

adjective

noun, plural or·di·nar·ies.

Idioms

    in ordinary, in regular service: a physician in ordinary to the king.
    out of the ordinary,
    1. exceptional; unusual: Having triplets is certainly out of the ordinary.
    2. exceptionally good; unusually good: The food at this restaurant is truly out of the ordinary.

Origin of ordinary

1250–1300; Middle English ordinarie (noun and adj.) < Latin ordinārius regular, of the usual order, equivalent to ordin- (see order) + -ārius -ary

Related forms

or·di·nar·i·ness, nounqua·si-or·di·nar·y, adjectivesu·per·or·di·nar·y, adjectiveun·or·di·nar·y, adjective

Synonym study

3. See common.
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British Dictionary definitions for out of the ordinary

ordinary

/ (ˈɔːdənrɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -naries

Word Origin for ordinary

C16: (adj) and C13: (some n senses): ultimately from Latin ordinārius orderly, from ordō order
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Idioms and Phrases with out of the ordinary (1 of 2)

out of the ordinary


Unusual, uncommon, exceptional, as in The venison they served was certainly out of the ordinary. This expression sometimes, but not always, indicates that something is better than the usual. However, the negative version, nothing out of the ordinary, usually indicates that something is not special or outstanding, as in It was an interesting lecture, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Idioms and Phrases with out of the ordinary (2 of 2)

ordinary


see out of the ordinary.

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