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adjective ordinary pronunciation in British English /ˈɔː(r)d(ə)n(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    normal or average, and not unusual or special
    He lives in an ordinary house in suburban Melbourne.
    It was just an ordinary Saturday morning.
    perfectly ordinary: From the outside it looked like a perfectly ordinary shed.
    no ordinary... (=a special or unusual example of something): But this was no ordinary cat – this cat could open doors.
    1. a.
      ordinary people are not famous, rich, or powerful
      Did the president meet any ordinary Mexicans?
      the needs of ordinary citizens
  2. 2
    plain and not especially good, interesting, or impressive
    The inside of the house is rather ordinary.
  3. 3
    Australian not acceptable or not good enough
    I’m not the only one who thought the sequel was a bit ordinary.


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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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