Ordinary meaning

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The definition of ordinary is something that is normal or common, that has no distinctive or unusual features.

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.

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Customary; usual; regular; normal.
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Commonly encountered; usual.

An ordinary delay at the bridge tolls.

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(mathematics) Designating a differential equation containing no more than one independent variable.
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(law) Having direct authority to decide a case, rather than being delegated that power, as a judge.
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The usual or normal condition or course of events.

Nothing out of the ordinary occurred.

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(law) A judge with direct authority as opposed to delegated authority to decide a case.
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(heraldry) One of the simplest and commonest charges, such as the bend and the cross.
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An early type of bicycle with one large wheel, and a smaller one behind.
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(heraldry) Any one of the basic heraldic devices; bend, fess, etc.
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(law) Of or having immediate jurisdiction.
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Occurring in the usual course of events; usual and normal.
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When applied to a judge, having jurisdiction by virtue of office rather than by being assigned same.
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When applied to a jurisdiction, immediate and original; not delegated or devolved to.
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See care ( reasonable care).
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Conduct of business under usual circumstances, going about business in everyday manner.
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(law) Having regular jurisdiction (of a judge; now only used in certain phrases).
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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.

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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.

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(Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, informal) Bad or undesirable.
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(Christianity) A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
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A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
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(archaic or historical) A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
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(heraldry) One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
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An ordinary thing or person.
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(historical) A penny-farthing bicycle.
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The part of the Roman Catholic Mass that is the same every day.
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out of the ordinary
  • unusual; extraordinary
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Origin of ordinary

  • Middle English ordinarie from Old French from Latin ōrdinārius from ōrdō ōrdin- order ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman ordenaire, ordenarie etc., from Latin ōrdinārius (“regular, orderly"), from ōrdō (“order").

    From Wiktionary