Definitions for ordinaryˈɔr dnˌɛr i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•di•nar•y*ˈɔr dnˌɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-nar•ies.
(adj.)of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional.
plain or undistinguished.
Category: Common Vocabulary
somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
Category: Common Vocabulary
customary; usual; normal.
(of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with that which is delegated.
(of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class.
(n.)the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.:
ability far above the ordinary.
something regular, customary, or usual.
the service of the Mass exclusive of the proper.
(formerly, in England) a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.
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.
Brit. a complete meal at a restaurant or inn with all courses included at one fixed price.
a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all customers the same standard meal or fare.
a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.
a simple, common heraldic charge, as the chevron.
Idioms for ordinary:
in ordinary,in regular service:
a physician in ordinary to the king.
out of the ordinary, unusual. unusually good.
* Syn: See common.
Origin of ordinary:
1250–1300; ME < L ōrdinārius regular, of the usual order. See order
a judge of a probate court
the expected or commonplace condition or situation
"not out of the ordinary"
a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
ordinary, ordinary bicycle(noun)
an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
(heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
"ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
"average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ordinary(adjective)ˈɔr dnˌɛr i
normal or usual, not special or different
an ordinary day at work
ordinaryˈɔr dnˌɛr i
unusual or special
Nothing out of the ordinary had happened.
ordinaryˈɔr dnˌɛr i
neither good nor bad; = average
a very ordinary meal
A devotional manual.
A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
A set portion of food, later as available for a fixed price at an inn or other eating establishment.
A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
An ordinary thing or person.
A penny-farthing bicycle.
Having regular jurisdiction (of a judge; now only used in certain phrases).
Being part of the natural order of things; normal, customary, routine.
On an ordinary day I wake up at nine o'clock, work for six hours, and then go to the gym.
Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane (often deprecatory).
Bad or undesirable.
The part of the Roman Catholic Mass that is the same every day
Origin: From ordenaire, ordenarie etc., from ordinarius, from ordo.
An ordinary is an officer of a church or civic authority who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute laws. Such officers are found in hierarchically organised churches of Western Christianity which have an ecclesiastical law system. In the Episcopal Church, for example, an ordinary is a diocesan bishop. In Eastern Christianity, a corresponding officer is called a hierarch. Within civic governance, notably in the southern United States, the role of the county ordinary historically involved the discharge of certain, often legal or legally related, tasks falling to city or county authorities, such as licensing marriages and adjudicating claims against an authority.
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Rank popularity for the word 'ordinary' in Adjectives Frequency: #182
Translations for ordinary
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
She was behaving in a perfectly ordinary manner.
- alledaags, gewoon, normaalAfrikaans
- comumPortuguese (BR)
- obvyklý, normálníCzech
- sædvanlig; normalDanish
- συνηθισμένος, κανονικόςGreek
- ordinario, común, normalSpanish
- عادی؛ معمولFarsi
- ordinaire, normalFrench
- običan, uobičajenCroatian
- vanalegur, eðlilegurIcelandic
- ordinario, normaleItalian
- 평범한, 일상적인Korean
- įprastas, paprastas, eilinisLithuanian
- parasts; ikdienišķsLatvian
- vanlig, normalNorwegian
- عادی؛ معمولPersian
- obişnuit, normalRomanian
- obvyklý, normálnySlovak
- vanlig, alldagligSwedish
- 平常的Chinese (Trad.)
- звичний, звичайнийUkrainian
- عام، معمول کے مطابقUrdu
- bình thườngVietnamese
- 平常的Chinese (Simp.)
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