What is the meaning of ordinary?


  • A judge of a probate court.
  • The expected or commonplace condition or situation.
    • usage: "not out of the ordinary"
  • A clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death.
  • An early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel.
  • Heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields. (


  • Not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree.
    • usage: "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
  • Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered.
    • usage: "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"
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