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.
- ordinal scale,
- ordinary differential equation,
- ordinary grade,
- ordinary income,
- ordinary jubilee,
- ordinary lay
- 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
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.
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.
see out of the ordinary.