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"ordinary" in British English

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ordinaryadjective

uk   /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 ​concertappearance in ​Britain was no ordinary (= a very ​special)performance.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.out of the ordinary C2 unusual: For the ​police, the ​incident was nothing out of the ordinary/did not ​seem out of the ordinary.

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ordinariness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɔː.dɪ.nə.ri.nəs/  us   /ˌɔːr.dənˈer-/
She ​expected him to ​act like a ​star, but she was ​surprised at his ordinariness.
(Definition of ordinary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ordinary" in American English

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ordinaryadjective

 us   /ˈɔr·dənˌer·i/
not different, ​special, or ​unexpected in any way; ​usual: His ​music was of the ​sort that ordinary ​Americans could ​relate to. Computers are now ​widelyavailable in ordinary ​schoolsettings.
(Definition of ordinary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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