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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman ordenaire, ordenarie etc., from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ōrdinārius (regular, orderly), from ōrdō (order).

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Adjective

ordinary (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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ordinary

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  1. (law) Having regular jurisdiction (of a judge; now only used in certain phrases).
  2. Being part of the natural order of things; normal, customary, routine.
  3. Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane (often deprecatory).

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Noun

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ordinary

Plural
ordinaries

ordinary (ordinaries)
  1. (obsolete) A devotional manual.
  2. (Christianity) A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
  3. A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
  4. (obsolete) A set portion of food, later as available for a fixed price at an inn or otehr eating establishment.
  5. (archaic Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 1:
      it hath been usual with the honest and well-meaning host to provide a bill of fare which all persons may peruse at their first entrance into the house; and having thence acquainted themselves with the entertainment which they may expect, may either stay and regale with what is provided for them, or may depart to some other ordinary better accommodated to their taste.
  6. (heraldry) One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
  7. An ordinary thing or person.
  8. (historical) A penny-farthing bicycle.

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