Definition of average adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
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  1. 1  [only before noun] calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts an average rate/cost/price Average earnings are around £20 000 per annum. at an average speed of 100 miles per hour
  2. 2  typical or normal 40 hours is a fairly average working week for most people. children of above/below average intelligence £20 for dinner is about average.
  3. 3  ordinary; not special I was just an average sort of student.
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French avarie ‘damage to ship or cargo’, earlier ‘customs duty’, from Italian avaria, from Arabic ‘awār ‘damage to goods’; the suffix -age is on the pattern of damage. Originally this referred to a tax on exported goods. The meaning later changed so that it referred to money due from goods that had been lost or damaged at sea. It referred specifically to the way the losses were divided between the owners of the vessel and the owners of the cargo (late 16th cent.). This gave rise to the general sense of calculating the mean (mid 18th cent.).Extra examples an above average climb in prices An entrance fee of £5 is about average. He was quite an average sort of student, nothing out of the ordinary. It’s a lot less tiring than the average day in the office. On an average day they sell more than £2 000 worth of vegetables. The quality has been pretty average. The route is for walkers of average ability.
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