Definition of normal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnɔːml//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɔːrml//
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  •  [uncountable] the usual or average state, level or standard above/below normal Things soon returned to normal.
  • Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis, from norma ‘carpenter's square’. Current senses date from the early 19th cent.Extra examples After a week of festivities, life returned to normal. His pulse rate had slowed to somewhere near normal. Sales to December are well below normal. The rainfall has been above normal for the time of year.Idioms
    the new normal (especially North American English)
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    a situation that used to be unusual but is now what you should expect This is not a temporary blip—this is the new normal. Scientists say these weather patterns could be the new normal for Florida.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: normal