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adjective ordinary pronunciation in British English /ˈɔː(r)d(ə)n(ə)ri/
  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.

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    1. a.
      ordinary people are not famous, rich, or powerful

      Did the president meet any ordinary Mexicans?

      the needs of ordinary citizens

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  2. 2
    plain and not especially good, interesting, or impressive

    The inside of the house is rather ordinary.

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  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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ordinariness

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