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English definition of “ordinary”

ordinary

adjective     /ˈɔː.dɪ.nə.ri/ US  /ˈɔːr.dən.er-/
B1 not different or special or unexpected in any way; usual : an ordinary neighbourhood Readers of the magazine said they wanted more stories about ordinary people and fewer stories about the rich and famous . Her last concert appearance in Britain was no ordinary (= a very special ) performance .Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring in the ordinary way UK normally , or in the way that usually happens : If we hadn't seen the TV programme , we would have carried on giving money to the charity in the ordinary way.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring out of the ordinary C2 unusual : For the police , the incident seemed nothing out of the ordinary/did not seem out of the ordinary.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality ordinariness     /ˈɔː.dɪ.nə.ri.nəs/ US  /ˌɔːr.dənˈer-/ noun [U] She expected him to act like a star , but she was surprised at his ordinariness.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
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