- 1With no special or distinctive features; normal: he sets out to depict ordinary people it was just an ordinary eveningMore example sentences
- Mr Cheetham, who is a student at Northumbria University, said he thought Mr Gormley's works would help to break down prejudices against modern art, featuring as they do ordinary people.
- An exhibition featuring the ordinary lives of Greenlanders and their arts and crafts came to Sofia for the first time on Tuesday.
- Rather, it featured the works of ordinary folk making their first venture into the arts world.
- 1.1Uninteresting; commonplace: ordinary items of everyday wearMore example sentences
average, normal, run-of-the-mill, standard, typical, middle-of-the-road, conventional, unremarkable, unexceptional, workaday, undistinguished, nondescript, colorless, commonplace, humdrum, mundane, unmemorable, pedestrian, prosaic, quotidian, uninteresting, uneventful, dull, boring, bland, suburban, hackneyed, garden-variety• informal plain-vanilla, nothing to write home about, no great shakes
- What happened to me was not ordinary and average and commonplace and I reject any word that makes it appear so.
- This was another case of ordinary life being more interesting than it looked at first sight.
- Imagine on top of this that you wanted, in fact, to mount an argument as to what makes certain daguerreotypes exceptional and others merely ordinary.
- 2(Especially of a judge or bishop) exercising authority by virtue of office and not by delegation.More example sentences
- Should this be the case, an ordinary judge is not allowed to disregard the national legislation but is bound to refer it to the Constitutional Court.
- Murphy's model was to have senior judges and ordinary judges under the one umbrella.
- All the ordinary judges of the Supreme Court and the chief justice were educated in private schools.
noun (plural ordinaries)Back to top
- 1 (the ordinary) What is commonplace or standard: their clichés were vested with enough emotion to elevate them above the ordinaryMore example sentences
- Luxurious style, fine craftsmanship, and authentic details elevate Aladdin Resort & Casino far above the ordinary.
- This being a Dreamworks disc, and a ‘Special Edition’ at that, you can bet on a collection of extra material that is a cut above the ordinary.
- Opulent style, fine craftsmanship, and authentic details elevate Paris Las Vegas far above the ordinary.
- 3 (usually Ordinary) Those parts of a Roman Catholic service, especially the Mass, that do not vary from day to day.More example sentences
- Even so, between 1592 and 1595 Byrd published his three settings of the ordinary of the mass, the masses for three, four and five voices.
- 6 • historical , chiefly North American another term for penny-farthing.
out of the ordinary
- Unusual: nothing out of the ordinary happenedMore example sentences
unusual, exceptional, remarkable, extraordinary, unexpected, surprising, unaccustomed, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, different, special, exciting, memorable, noteworthy, unique, singular, outstanding; unconventional, unorthodox, strange, peculiar, odd, queer, curious, bizarre, outlandish• informal offbeat
- It is really, really strange because I haven't done anything out of the ordinary.
- Nothing seemed unusual or out of the ordinary that morning, to her eyes, at least.
- This in itself is hardly out of the ordinary; in fact it is a common occurrence.
late Middle English: the noun partly via Old French; the adjective from Latin ordinarius 'orderly' (reinforced by French ordinaire), from ordo, ordin- 'order'.