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Definition of Ordinary


  1. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular.
  2. Common; customary; usual.
  3. 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.
  4. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.
  5. 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.
  6. A judicial officer, having generally the powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
  7. The mass; the common run.
  8. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution.
  9. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Ordinary Quotations

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Christopher Reeve

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
Warren Bennis
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Ordinary Translations

ordinary in Afrikaans is gewoon
ordinary in Finnish is tavallinen
ordinary in French is ordinaire
ordinary in Italian is normale, ordinario
ordinary in Latin is solitus, mediocris, vulgaris, ordinarius, modicus
ordinary in Spanish is ordinario, prosaico
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