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



    BrE BrE//ˈɔːdnri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrdneri//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] not unusual or different in any way an ordinary sort of day in the ordinary course of events ordinary people like you and me This was no ordinary meeting.
  2. 2  (disapproving) having no unusual or interesting features The meal was very ordinary. compare extraordinary
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: the noun partly via Old French; the adjective from Latin ordinarius ‘orderly’ (reinforced by French ordinaire), from ordo, ordin- ‘order’.Extra examples It was a perfectly ordinary day. The meal was pretty ordinary. The wines produced were at best very ordinary. He had an ordinary sort of face. He was not a nervous person in the ordinary way. I lead a very ordinary life. I used to dream of an ordinary life. It began as an ordinary sort of day. It was, for most ordinary citizens, a time of prosperity. Nowadays even a very ordinary London flat costs a fortune. Poetry differs from ordinary language. She doubted that, in ordinary circumstances, the two would have got on well together. The images can be printed on ordinary paper. These plates are for ordinary, everyday use. We were an ordinary family.Idioms (British English) used to say what normally happens in a particular situation In the ordinary way, she's not a nervous person. unusual or different I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. His behaviour was nothing out of the ordinary (= not unusual).
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