Definition of ordinary
- The ordinary of a diocese is a bishop.
- The "Our Father" is part of the ordinary of the Mass.
- We haven't done anything out of the ordinary.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
They've had the ordinary problems associated with starting a new business.
My wife thought our guide was strange, but he seemed perfectly ordinary to me.
The meal was ordinary and uninspired.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
par for the course;
: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special
: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive
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