[awr-dn-er-ee] /ˈɔr dnˌɛr i/
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional:
One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
plain or undistinguished:
somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
customary; usual; normal:
We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. common, vulgar, or disreputable.
(of jurisdiction) immediate, as contrasted with something that is delegated.
(of officials) belonging to the regular staff or the fully recognized class.
noun, plural ordinaries.
the commonplace or average condition, degree, etc.:
ability far above the ordinary.
something regular, customary, or usual.
History/Historical. a member of the clergy appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.
English Ecclesiastical Law. 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.
British. (in a restaurant or inn) a complete meal in which all courses are included at one fixed price, as opposed to à la carte service.
a restaurant, public house, or dining room serving all guests and customers the same standard meal or fare.
in ordinary, in regular service:
a physician in ordinary to the king.
out of the ordinary,
of common or established type or occurrence
familiar, everyday, or unexceptional
uninteresting or commonplace
having regular or ex officio jurisdiction: an ordinary judge
(maths) (of a differential equation) containing two variables only and derivatives of one of the variables with respect to the other
noun (pl) -naries
a common or average situation, amount, or degree (esp in the phrase out of the ordinary)
a normal or commonplace person or thing
(civil law) a judge who exercises jurisdiction in his own right
(usually capital) an ecclesiastic, esp a bishop, holding an office to which certain jurisdictional powers are attached
the US name for penny-farthing
(heraldry) any of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields
(history) a clergyman who visited condemned prisoners before their death
(Brit) in ordinary, (used esp in titles) in regular service or attendance: physician in ordinary to the sovereign
early 15c., “belonging to the usual order or course,” from Old French ordinarie “ordinary, usual” and directly from Latin ordinarius “customary, regular, usual, orderly,” from ordo (genitive ordinis) “order” (see order (n.)). Its various noun usages, dating to late 14c. and common until 19c., now largely extinct except in out of the ordinary (1893). In British education, Ordinary level (abbrev. O level), “lowest of the three levels of General Certificate of Education,” is attested from 1947. Related: Ordinarily.
see: out of the ordinary
noun 1. Mathematics. an equation containing derivatives but not partial derivatives.
- Ordinary grade
noun 1. (in Scotland) the formal name for O grade
noun 1. taxable income, as salary and wages, other than capital gains.
- Ordinary-language philosophy
[awr-dn-er-ee-lang-gwij] /ˈɔr dnˌɛr iˈlæŋ gwɪdʒ/ noun 1. .