Definitions for ordinariness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•di•nar•y*ˈɔr dnˌɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-nar•ies.

  1. (adj.)of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional.

  2. plain or undistinguished.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. customary; usual; normal.

  5. (of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with that which is delegated.

  6. (of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class.

  7. (n.)the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.:

    ability far above the ordinary.

  8. something regular, customary, or usual.

  9. the service of the Mass exclusive of the proper.

    Category: Religion

  10. (formerly, in England) a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.

    Category: Religion

  11. a bishop, archbishop, or other ecclesiastic or his deputy, in his capacity as an ex officio ecclesiastical authority.

    Category: Religion

  12. (in some U.S. states) a judge of a court of probate.

    Category: Law

  13. Brit. a complete meal at a restaurant or inn with all courses included at one fixed price.

    Category: British

  14. a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all customers the same standard meal or fare.

  15. a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.

  16. a simple, common heraldic charge, as the chevron.

    Category: Heraldry

Idioms for ordinary:

  1. in ordinary,in regular service:

    a physician in ordinary to the king.

    Category: Idiom

  2. out of the ordinary, unusual. unusually good.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See common.

Origin of ordinary:

1250–1300; ME < L ōrdinārius regular, of the usual order. See order


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordinariness, mundaneness, mundanity(noun)

    the quality of being commonplace and ordinary


  1. ordinariness(Noun)

    the quality or condition of being ordinary


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