Definitions of ordinary

  1. lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; " average people"; " the ordinary ( or common) man in the street"
  2. 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"
  3. ( heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
  4. an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
  5. a judge of a probate court
  6. a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
  7. the expected or commonplace condition or situation; " not out of the ordinary"
  8. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular.
  9. Common; customary; usual.
  10. 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.
  11. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.
  12. 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.
  13. A judicial officer, having generally the powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
  14. The mass; the common run.
  15. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution.
  16. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
  17. 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'hote; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.
  18. 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.
  19. According to established custom or rule; usual; commonplace; plain.
  20. Ordinarily.
  21. According to the common order: usual: of common rank: plain: of little merit.
  22. An established judge of ecclesiastical causes: settled establishment: actual office: a bishop: a place where meals are provided at fixed charges.
  23. Ecclesiastical judge; prison chaplain; public table.
  24. That which is usual or common; a public table; an ecclesiastical judge.
  25. According to established order; common; customary; of common rank; inferior; plain; of little merit.
  26. An ecclesiastical judge; a meal; a place of eating; a portion of the escutcheon comprised between straight or other lines. An ordinary seaman, one not fully skilled.
  27. According to established order; customary; usual; of common rank or quality; plain; not handsome; common; of little merit.
  28. An ecclesiastical judge, usually the bishop; a single judge having power to decide cases either with or without a jury; settled establishment; the figures found on a heraldic shield; a dining- place where the prices are fixed; the meal furnished; a name applied to the chaplain of Newgate.

Usage examples for ordinary

  1. The concern is by no means an ordinary brass foundry. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  2. It was an ordinary thirty- eight. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  3. It is only ordinary things which never happen in this place, Mademoiselle." – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  4. Surely it is an ordinary, common- place bird. – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  5. He won't take on that girl, because she'll have forgotten him long ago; that, too, being ordinary human nature. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  6. Was life no longer ordinary?... – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  7. No one would call the ordinary Dartmoor postman an angel- his appearance is too much against him- but he does an angel's work. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  8. To an ordinary man the word means no more than justice. – A Lecture on the Study of History by Lord Acton
  9. It was a relief to hear him speak in such an ordinary way. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  10. This clearly is true in ordinary living. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  11. No; they were like any ordinary girls who don't think. – A Flock of Girls and Boys by Nora Perry
  12. A very ordinary image.... – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  13. No trace of her in the ordinary life of an English country house! – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. Am I making too much of an ordinary little country girl, Biddy? – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  15. You want it to be just an ordinary evening, dear, don't you? – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  16. With the intention of paying for them in the ordinary way? – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  17. Fairly good- looking, a pleasant face enough, but ordinary, absolutely ordinary. – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
  18. It's an ordinary, if that's what you mean. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  19. The ordinary, common- or- garden guide is out of the question, of course. – The Bronze Bell by Louis Joseph Vance