When you just have a normal day, getting up, going to work and coming home, this is an example of a day that would be described as ordinary.
- an official having jurisdiction within a specified area by right of the office he or she holds; esp., a bishop having such jurisdiction within his or her own diocese
- in some states, a judge of probate
- a set meal served regularly at the same price
- an inn, tavern, etc. where such meals are served
- an early type of bicycle with one large wheel, and a smaller one behind
- the form to be followed in a service
- the parts of the Mass that are fixed or relatively unvarying; common
- Heraldry any one of the basic heraldic devices; bend, fess, etc.
Origin of ordinaryOld French and ML: Old French ordinarie from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin ordinarius from L, an overseer, origin, originally , orderly, regular from ordo, order
- customary; usual; regular; normal
- familiar; unexceptional; common; average
- relatively poor or inferior; below average
- Law of or having immediate jurisdiction
Origin of ordinaryME ordinarie < L ordinarius
out of the ordinary
- Commonly encountered; usual: an ordinary delay at the bridge tolls. See Synonyms at common.
- a. Having no special ability, quality, or purpose: ordinary people; ordinary black tea.b. Not particularly good; not better than average: The service was good, but the food was very ordinary.
- Law Having direct authority to decide a case, rather than being delegated that power, as a judge.
- Mathematics Designating a differential equation containing no more than one independent variable.
- The usual or normal condition or course of events: Nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
- Law A judge with direct authority as opposed to delegated authority to decide a case.
- often Ordinary Ecclesiastical a. The parts of the Mass that remain unchanged from day to day.b. A division of the Roman Breviary containing the unchangeable parts of the office other than the Psalms.c. A cleric, such as the residential bishop of a diocese, with ordinary jurisdiction over a specified territory.
- Heraldry One of the simplest and commonest charges, such as the bend and the cross.
- Chiefly British a. A complete meal provided at a fixed price.b. A tavern or inn providing such a meal.
Origin of ordinaryMiddle English ordinarie from Old French from Latin ōrdinārius from ōrdō ōrdin- order ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ordinary, superlative most ordinary)
- (law) Having regular jurisdiction (of a judge; now only used in certain phrases).
- 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.
- Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane (often deprecatory).
- I live a very ordinary life most of the time, but every year I spend a week in Antarctica.
- He looked so ordinary, I never thought he'd be capable of murder.
- (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, informal) Bad or undesirable.
- (Christianity) A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
- A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
- (archaic or historical) A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
- (heraldry) One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
- An ordinary thing or person.
- (historical) A penny-farthing bicycle.
- The part of the Roman Catholic Mass that is the same every day
ordinary - Legal Definition
- Occurring in the usual course of events; usual and normal.
- When applied to a judge, having jurisdiction by virtue of office rather than by being assigned same.
- When applied to a jurisdiction, immediate and original; not delegated or devolved to.