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.

  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. ordinary(noun)

    a judge of a probate court

  2. ordinary(noun)

    the expected or commonplace condition or situation

    "not out of the ordinary"

  3. ordinary(noun)

    a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death

  4. ordinary, ordinary bicycle(noun)

    an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel

  5. ordinary(adj)

    (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields

  6. ordinary(adj)

    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"

  7. average, ordinary(adj)

    lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

    "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ordinary(adjective)ˈɔr dnˌɛr i

    normal or usual, not special or different

    an ordinary day at work

  2. ordinaryˈɔr dnˌɛr i

    unusual or special

    Nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

  3. ordinaryˈɔr dnˌɛr i

    neither good nor bad; = average

    a very ordinary meal


  1. ordinary(Noun)

    A devotional manual.

  2. ordinary(Noun)

    A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.

  3. ordinary(Noun)

    A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.

  4. ordinary(Noun)

    A set portion of food, later as available for a fixed price at an inn or other eating establishment.

  5. ordinary(Noun)

    A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.

  6. ordinary(Noun)

    One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.

  7. ordinary(Noun)

    An ordinary thing or person.

  8. ordinary(Noun)

    A penny-farthing bicycle.

  9. ordinary(Adjective)

    Having regular jurisdiction (of a judge; now only used in certain phrases).

  10. ordinary(Adjective)

    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.

  11. ordinary(Adjective)

    Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane (often deprecatory).

  12. ordinary(Adjective)

    Bad or undesirable.

  13. Ordinary(Noun)

    The part of the Roman Catholic Mass that is the same every day

  14. Origin: From ordenaire, ordenarie etc., from ordinarius, from ordo.


  1. Ordinary

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ordinary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1589

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ordinary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1339

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ordinary' in Adjectives Frequency: #182

Translations for ordinary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


usual; normal

She was behaving in a perfectly ordinary manner.

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