noun \ˈr-də-ˌner-ē\
plural or·di·nar·ies

Definition of ORDINARY

a (1) :  a prelate exercising original jurisdiction over a specified territory or group (2) :  a clergyman appointed formerly in England to attend condemned criminals
b :  a judge of probate in some states of the United States
often capitalized :  the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day
:  the regular or customary condition or course of things —usually used in the phrase out of the ordinary
a British :  a meal served to all comers at a fixed price
b chiefly British :  a tavern or eating house serving regular meals
:  a common heraldic charge (as the bend) of simple form

Origin of ORDINARY

Middle English ordinarie, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin ordinarius, from Latin ordinarius, adjective
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ORDINARY

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, capillary, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, quaternary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, salutary, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, sedentary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, temporary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry



: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special

: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive

Full Definition of ORDINARY

:  of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events :  routine, usual <an ordinary day>
:  having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also :  belonging to such jurisdiction
a :  of common quality, rank, or ability <an ordinary teenager>
b :  deficient in quality :  poor, inferior <ordinary wine>
or·di·nar·i·ly \ˌr-də-ˈner-ə-lē\ adverb
or·di·nar·i·ness \ˈr-də-ˌner-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of ORDINARY

  1. They've had the ordinary problems associated with starting a new business.
  2. My wife thought our guide was strange, but he seemed perfectly ordinary to me.
  3. The meal was ordinary and uninspired.

Origin of ORDINARY

Middle English ordinarie, from Latin ordinarius, from ordin-, ordo order
First Known Use: 15th century


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