The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. Ordinaries (-r[i^]z).
(a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction
in his own right, and not by deputation.
(b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in
matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also,
a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to
perform divine service for condemned criminals and
assist in preparing them for death.
(c) (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the
powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]
I see no more in you than in the ordinary
Of nature's salework. --Shak.
3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered
a settled establishment or institution. [R.]
Spain had no other wars save those which were grown
into an ordinary. --Bacon.
4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and
other ordinaries. --Sir W.
5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for
all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction
from one where each dish is separately charged; a table
d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a
dining room. --Shak.
All the odd words they have picked up in a
coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as
flowers of style. --Swift.
He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and
peddlers and to ordinaries. --Bancroft.
6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or
ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron,
chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are
uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include
bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary.
(a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and
serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An
ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a
(b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a
Ordinary of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass
which is the same every day; -- called also the canon of