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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Examples from the Web for unordinary

  • It was enough that he qualified as that all too unordinary social phenomenon, "an amusing person."

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  • It was a six-legged, striped, catlike beast, not unordinary as interplanetary animals go.

British Dictionary definitions for unordinary

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 unordinary

ordinary


see out of the ordinary.

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