I. noun (plural -naries) Etymology: Middle English ordinarie, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin ordinarius, from Latin ordinarius, adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) a prelate exercising original jurisdiction over a specified territory or group (2) a clergyman appointed formerly in England to attend condemned criminals b. a judge of probate in some states of the United States 2. often capitalized the parts of the Mass that do not vary from day to day 3. the regular or customary condition or course of things — usually used in the phrase out of the ordinary 4. a. British a meal served to all comers at a fixed price b. chiefly British a tavern or eating house serving regular meals 5. a common heraldic charge (as the bend) of simple form II. adjective Etymology: Middle English ordinarie, from Latin ordinarius, from ordin-, ordo order Date: 15th century 1. of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events ; routine, usual <
an ordinary day
2. having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also belonging to such jurisdiction 3. a. of common quality, rank, or ability <
an ordinary teenager
b. deficient in quality ; poor, inferior <
ordinary wine
Synonyms: see commonordinarily adverbordinariness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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