ordinary

Something ordinary is something that happens every day. Maybe you should skip your ordinary breakfast and try something new.

Although we often use the adjective ordinary to mean "ho-hum, nothing special," it actually comes from the Latin root for "rule." You could think of ordinary things as almost like rules in your life. As a noun it has other meanings. In heraldry (that's the art of the family shield), an ordinary is a conventional figure. A probate judge is called an ordinary, as is the clergyman who prepares prisoners for death.

Definitions of ordinary
  1. adjective
    lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
    “the ordinary (or common) man in the street”
    synonyms: average
    common
    having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
  2. adjective
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
    ordinary everyday objects”
    ordinary decency”
    “an ordinary day”
    Synonyms:
    common
    having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
    usual
    occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure
    average, fair, mediocre, middling
    lacking exceptional quality or ability
    banausic
    (formal) ordinary and not refined
    characterless, nondescript
    lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
    common
    to be expected; standard
    commonplace
    completely ordinary and unremarkable
    cut-and-dried, cut-and-dry
    according to ordinary expectations
    everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday
    found in the ordinary course of events
    indifferent, so-so
    being neither good nor bad
    mine run, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine, unexceptional
    not special in any way
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    extraordinary
    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
    uncommon
    not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind
    unusual
    not usual or common or ordinary
    incomparable, uncomparable
    such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared
    impressive
    making a strong or vivid impression
    bonzer
    remarkable or wonderful
    exceeding, exceptional, olympian, prodigious, surpassing
    far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
    extraordinaire
    extraordinary in a particular capacity
    fantastic, grand, howling, incredible, marvellous, marvelous, rattling, terrific, tremendous, wonderful, wondrous
    extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
    phenomenal
    exceedingly or unbelievably great
    awful, frightful, terrible, tremendous
    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
    great
    remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
    one
    used informally as an intensifier
    preternatural, uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
    pyrotechnic
    suggestive of fireworks
    rare, uncommon
    marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
    remarkable, singular
    unusual or striking
    some
    remarkable
    special
    for a special service or occasion
    wonderworking
    performing or able to perform wonders or miracles
    superior
    of high or superior quality or performance
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  3. noun
    the expected or commonplace condition or situation
    “not out of the ordinary
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    type of:
    condition
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  4. noun
    a judge of a probate court
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    type of:
    judge, jurist, justice
    a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
  5. noun
    a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
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    type of:
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
  6. noun
    (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
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    types:
    bend, bend dexter
    diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
    fess, fesse
    (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
    bar sinister, bend sinister
    a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
    type of:
    armorial bearing, bearing, charge, heraldic bearing
    heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  7. noun
    an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
    synonyms: ordinary bicycle
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    type of:
    bicycle, bike, cycle, wheel
    a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
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