Meaning of ORDINARY in English


I. ˈȯr-də-ˌner-ē noun

( plural -nar·ies )

Etymology: Middle English ordinarie, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin ordinarius, from Latin ordinarius, adjective

Date: 14th century



(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

2. often capitalized : the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day

3. : 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

5. : a common heraldic charge (as the bend) of simple form

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English ordinarie, from Latin ordinarius, from ordin-, ordo order

Date: 15th century

1. : of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine , usual

an ordinary day

2. : 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

Synonyms: see common

• or·di·nar·i·ly ˌȯr-də-ˈner-ə-lē adverb

• or·di·nar·i·ness ˈȯr-də-ˌner-ē-nəs noun

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