[ awr-dn-er-ee ]
/ ˈɔr dnˌɛr i /
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
plain or undistinguished: ordinary clothes.
somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
customary; usual; normal: We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. common, vulgar, or disreputable.
(of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with something that is delegated.
(of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class.
noun, plural or·di·nar·ies.
the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.: ability far above the ordinary.
something regular, customary, or usual.
- an order or form for divine service, especially that for saying Mass.
- the service of the Mass exclusive of the canon.
History/Historical. a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.
English Ecclesiastical Law. a bishop, archbishop, or other ecclesiastic or his deputy, in his capacity as an ex officio ecclesiastical authority.
(in some U.S. states) a judge of a court of probate.
British. (in a restaurant or inn) a complete meal in which all courses are included at one fixed price, as opposed to à la carte service.
a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all guests and customers the same standard meal or fare.
- 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.
in ordinary, in regular service: a physician in ordinary to the king.
out of the ordinary,
Origin of ordinary
Related formsor·di·nar·i·ness, nounqua·si-or·di·nar·y, adjectivesu·per·or·di·nar·y, adjectiveun·or·di·nar·y, adjective
3. See common.
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British Dictionary definitions for unordinary
/ (ˈɔːdənrɪ) /
of common or established type or occurrence
familiar, everyday, or unexceptional
uninteresting or commonplace
having regular or ex officio jurisdictionan ordinary judge
maths (of a differential equation) containing two variables only and derivatives of one of the variables with respect to the other
noun plural -naries
a common or average situation, amount, or degree (esp in the phrase out of the ordinary)
a normal or commonplace person or thing
civil law a judge who exercises jurisdiction in his own right
(usually capital) an ecclesiastic, esp a bishop, holding an office to which certain jurisdictional powers are attached
- 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
the US name for penny-farthing
heraldry any of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields
history a clergyman who visited condemned prisoners before their death
- a meal provided regularly at a fixed price
- the inn providing such meals
in ordinary British (used esp in titles) in regular service or attendancephysician in ordinary to the sovereign
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
see out of the ordinary.
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