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Meaning of ORDINARY

Pronunciation:  'ordnehree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
  2. [n]  an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
  3. [n]  a judge of a probate court
  4. [n]  a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
  5. [n]  the expected or commonplace condition or situation; "not out of the ordinary"
  6. [adj]  lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"
  7. [adj]  not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"

ORDINARY is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: average, banal, banausic, characterless, common, commonplace, cut-and-dried, cut-and-dry, everyday, fair, indifferent, mediocre, middling, mundane, nondescript, ordinary bicycle, passable, quotidian, routine, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine, so-so(p), tolerable, trivial, unexceptional, unremarkable, workaday
 Antonyms: extraordinary
 See Also: armorial bearing, bar sinister, bearing, bend, bend dexter, bend sinister, bicycle, bike, charge, clergyman, condition, fess, fesse, heraldic bearing, judge, jurist, justice, magistrate, man of the cloth, reverend, usual, wheel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Or"di*na*ry\, a. [L. ordinarius, fr. ordo, ordinis,
    order: cf. F. ordinaire. See {Order}.]
    1. According to established order; methodical; settled;
       regular. ``The ordinary forms of law.'' --Addison.
    2. Common; customary; usual. --Shak.
             Method is not less reguisite in ordinary
             conversation that in writing.         --Addison.
    3. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by
       superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in
       any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men
       of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.
             An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no
             useful knowledge in such a way.       --Macaulay.
    {Ordinary seaman} (Naut.), one not expert or fully skilled,
       and hence ranking below an able seaman.
    Syn: Normal; common; usual; customary.
    Usage: See {Normal}. -- {Ordinary}, {Common}. A thing is
           common in which many persons share or partake; as, a
           common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to
           come round in the regular common order or succession
           of events.
  2. \Or"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. {Ordinaries} (-r[i^]z).
    1. (Law)
       (a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction
           in his own right, and not by deputation.
       (b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in
           matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also,
           a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to
           perform divine service for condemned criminals and
           assist in preparing them for death.
       (c) (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the
           powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
    2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]
             I see no more in you than in the ordinary Of
             nature's salework.                    --Shak.
    3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered
       a settled establishment or institution. [R.]
             Spain had no other wars save those which were grown
             into an ordinary.                     --Bacon.
    4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
             Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and
             other ordinaries.                     --Sir W.
    5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for
       all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction
       from one where each dish is separately charged; a table
       d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a
       dining room. --Shak.
             All the odd words they have picked up in a
             coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as
             flowers of style.                     --Swift.
             He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and
             peddlers and to ordinaries.           --Bancroft.
    6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or
       ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron, chief,
       cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are uniformly admitted as
       ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister,
       pile, and others. See {Subordinary}.
    {In ordinary}.
       (a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and
           serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An
           ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a
           foreign court.
       (b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a
           naval vessel.
    {Ordinary of the Mass} (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass
       which is the same every day; -- called also the {canon of
       the Mass}.
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