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Ordinar, -er, a. (adv.) Also: -are, -air(e, -ire, ordynar(e, ordenar(e, -air, -er, ordainer. [e.m.E. ordinar (1517), but appar. chiefly Sc., OF. orden-, ordinaire, L. ordinārius: cf. Ordinary.]

1. Belonging to the regular or usual order; according to the established rule; occurring in the fixed or customary sequence; regular, normal, customary, usual.(1) 1498 Halyb. 133.
The ordynar costis not rakynit
1520 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 201.
To the provest ane hundreth merkis … by the ordinar fie [for] the sustentatioun of iiij seruandis
1539 Reg. Privy S. II. 457/1. 1546 Treas. Acc. IX. 33.
The ordinar feyes of gunnares and otherres handlarris of monitioun
1560 Ib. XI. 11; etc. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. ii.
The portar sal … ryng dayly … at sax to the lesson public, befor viij twys to the ordinar lection
1575 Calderwood III. 352.
That suche ordinar almous as hath beene appointed … by long consuetude may be payed to the poore
1576 Orkney Oppress. 19.
And had ane ordinar stipend of the commownis thairfoir
1581 Hamilton in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 82/6.
I being impeschit vith my daylie and ordinar vocation
1581 Burne Disput. in Ib. 157/21.
Gif ve admit thame be the impositione of handis or onie vther ceremonie vsit in ordinar calling
c1590 Fowler II. 50/12; Ib. 51/13.
Thay ar not to be estemit laufull ministers in an weill reformit kirk quha ar not ordinarly callit. Ordinare vocatioun consisteth first in the inuart working of the halie spreit in the hart [etc.]
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 107.
[He] can hardlie entir ane langsum pley be the ordinare course of the law
1606 Acts IV. 298/2.
That … commendable provisioun of ordinar musick for recreatioun … of thair princis
1608 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 6.
That the absents every ordinar day of the session be notit
1609 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108. xi. 2.
He findis the carrectar … to aggrie euerie vay weth the chap of his ordinar wryting
1609 Acts IV. 440/2.
All infeftmentis … ordourlie passit his heighnes caschet, registeris and ordinare seallis
1628 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 291.
Papistes … have thair ordinar conventicles … upoun the Sundayes
c1630 Scot Narr. 228. 1634 Stirling Merch. Guild 51.
Ane handsenȝie … maid to the wsse of the gildrie of the ordinar cullours of reid and yallow
c1650 Spalding I. 176. 1664 Lamont Diary 175. 1674 Cunningham Diary 27.
At the ordinar termes [supra till the ordinary terme]
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. xviii. § 1. 1681 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XXXVIII. 163.
His weife and familie is in ther ordinar helth
1684 St. A. Baxter Bks. 144.
What they baik att thair ordinar baiking or efter schott
1690 Shields Grievances and Sufferings 13.
Nothing less was intended than the gradual introduction of popery … and that by all the ordinar jesuitical rules
1698 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 325.(b) 1588 King Cat. Sig. I. j.
This ordinair cowrse of the epact … is interrupted euerie hundereth ȝere
1600 Reg. Privy C. VI. 140.
[Which is the] ordinair place for criminall personis callit to thair tryall
1603 Dundonald Par. Rec. 42.
For commovn tareing fra … the ordinair examinatioun and catecheising
1617 Lett. to Jas. VI lxvi.
Your ordinair royall saitte at Londoun
(c) 1583–4 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 315.
The baxteris … refusing to pay thame thair ordiner knaifschip
1603 Treas. Acc. MS. 252.
For his ordiner furnissing of lorymer work
1614 Crim. Trials III. 270.
Without seiking af ane meidwyfe or vther ordiner help
1615 Highland P. III. 230.
We wer constraynit to vse the ordiner remeid
1626 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 20.
The plaice of the ordiner beir mercattis
1628 Justiciary Cases I. 96.
To be tane to the ordiner place of executioun
1640 12th Rep. Hist. MSS. VIII. 25.
To joyne with the rest of the kingdome in the ordiner way of mentening our … liberties
1650 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 612.
In thair ordiner apperrell usit at such a bussines
c1650 Spalding II. 59.
Not befoir our ordiner justice or schiref courtis … bot befoir ane new-incum committe-court
(d) 1608 Conv. Burghs II. 262.
To tak order concerning thair ordenar lawingis
1642 S. Leith Rec. 38/2.
Ordenar, ordener
(e) 1642 S. Leith Rec. 39/1.
Sum overtour quhairby Mr. Alexander micht be … eased of ordainer preaching on the Thursday
(2) 1456 Hay I. 268/24.
As in proces of law ordinare
Ib. /28.
In lawis ordinaire
Ib. 274/34.
The remissioun of the prince saufis him, quhethir it be extraordinare or ordinaire
Ib. 276/8.
In court ordynare
Ib. II. 33/28. 1473–4 Treas. Acc. I. 67.
To his reward except his costis ordinare
1551 Reg. Cupar A. II. 70. 1597–8 Household Bks. Jas. VI and Anne 31 Jan.
Summa of money for … prouisioun ordinar & extraordinar
1634 Stirling B. Rec. I. 172.
Collectour generall of the extentis, ordinar and extraordinare
1639 Remonstrance of Nobility 12.
To protest in a faire way … is a course customeable, legall and ordinare
(3) c1590 Fowler II. 83/25.
It is a thing very naturel and ordinare to a king
1650 Lamont Diary 19.
Ther was no collection for the poore at the tabel, as was ordinar

b. In various special applications, esp. legal.(1) Collatioun ordinar, regular induction to a benefice: see also Collatioun n. 3.(2) Ordenare letters, lettres ordinar, a decree from one of the courts of ‘ordinary’ jurisdiction, including that of the ecclesiastical ‘ordinary’ (see Ordinar n.1 1 b), as distinct from ‘letteres conforme’ (Letter n. 7 e) or ‘letters in the four formes’ (Letter n. 7 f) issued in support by the supreme court.(3) Applied to a judge having a regular and fixed jurisdiction as distinct from the supreme court and also from judges ‘in that part’; also applied to the jurisdiction of such a judge: see Juge n. 6 b.(4) Applied to an ecclesiastical ‘ordinary’ (Ordinar n.1 1) or his authority or jurisdiction.(5) Applied to the regular lords of session as distinct from the ‘extraordinary’ or ‘supernumerary’ lords and to the ‘place’ or office of such a lord of session; also applied to the lord of session who was taking his turn of sitting separately upon cases of first instance or ‘bills’. See also Ordinar n.1 3, Ordinary n. 2 (3), and Lord n. 14 b and c.(1) 1498 Acta Conc. II. 272.
That in all beneficiale materis that the Kingis letters past conformyt to the ordenare [sc. letters] ay and quhil the collacione ordenare war lauchfully reducit
1498–9 Ib. 293.
The quhilk Schir Jhone was present be the Kingis hienes to the sade parsonage in Knapdaile and has collacione ordenare and institucione gevin til him tharuppone
1565 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 617/1.
The collatioun ordinar of Williame, Bischop of Abirdene
(2) 1498 Acta Conc. II. 260.
Til haf our soverane lordis letters … conformand to the ordenare letters past in this mater of before
Ib. 272 (see (1) above). 1565 Instit. Ct. Sess. 1 b.
To call all common priuilegit materis sic as horningis, … lettres ordinar, giftis [etc.]
Ib. 6 a.
Doubill ordinare literes and anent the gevin of literes conforme thairto
(3) 14.. Reg. Maj. c. 38.
The balȝe ordinar may be ane arbitour o law
1487 Acts II. 177/2.
That all ciuile accionis … be determytt … befor the juge ordinaris, as justice, chaumerlane, schireffis [etc.]
1500 Acta Conc. II. 434.
1514 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 146.
My lord principale provest hes interponit his ordinar jurisdictioun and authoritie
1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 264.
Our schireffis ordinaris hes na cougnicione upone the thingis done be our schireffis in that part
1560 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 5.
That all judges ordinaire … sick as the lords of the sessioun, shireffis [etc.]
c 1580 Beale Fife Schools 116.
[The bailies would] interpone thair authoritie ordinar quarterlie, for reddy paiment to be made
c1590 Fowler II. 26/37.
In maters of religion he is na ordinar iudge
1590 Welwod 79.
As for the criminalls … done within the sea-flud, the Admiral … is judge propir and ordinair thairto
1626 Justiciary Cases I. 50.
The presbiterie quhilk is ane ordiner judge in sic caissis
1661 Irvine Deeds 12 Aug.
To geve my solemne oath judiciallie thairupon in ane fensit court befor ane ordinar judge
1672 Acts VIII. 71/1.
The shirref or other ordinar magistrat
(4) 1456 Hay I. 264/29.
The prelate ordinare wald curs him and deprive him bathe of office and beneficis
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 698.
A spirituall man … [and] aucht … To be remyt till my juge ordinare
c1590 Fowler II. 51/7.
Becaus they war not ordaned by the hie preasts quha had the ordinar ecclesiastical power
(5) 1565 Instit. Ct. Sess. 6 b.
Quare throw the haill nomber of the xv persones ordinar wilbe absent
1575–6 Waus Corr. 114.
Admissioun of Mr Patrik Waus … in ordinar place of maister Robert Maitland
1588 Brunton & Haig 199.
And in case he failye thairin he sall leis his said ordinar place
1593 Acts IV. 15/1.
Sevin of his ordiner counsaill sitting in jugement
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 122 b. 1622-6 Bisset I. 222/13.
Nane of there numer ethir ordiner or extraordiner salhave poware to heir causis ressoned in the uttirhouse … except the ordiner lord quha salbe appoyntted oulklie to sit in the uttirhouse
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 26. 1649 Acts Sederunt ii. 58.
After the outcomeing of the ordinar lord to the utter-hous
1650 Ib. 63.
The clerk of the billis … to offer no suspensioun to be past againes the payment of liquidat soumes to the lords nor to the ordinar lord upon the billis unless [etc.]

c. Of one holding an office or engagement: Having a regular or permanent appointment, not temporary or occasional or otherwise irregular.In ordinar, into permanent service.(1) 1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVIII. 152.
Accepe [= except] penciones of our ordinar officaris
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 145.
The grit abuse and sleuth of the ordinar officeris
1590–1 Exch. R. XXII. 143.
To the ordiner officers callit the mairis of the erledome of Ros and Ardmannoch
1592 Acts III. 556/2.
That … thair salbe ane ordinar officiar appointit … for the owersicht … of the mettallis … to be callit mr of the mettallis and minerallis
1593–4 Exch. R. XXII. 384.
To the four ordiner serjandis and officers of the said lordschip
(2) 1547 Treas. Acc. IX. 88.
Other fyve hors disponit amanges the gunnarres ordinar to turs thair carage
1566 Mill Mediæv. Plays 343.
To Cloux Helyot [etc.] … ordinar gunnaris
(3) 1562 Reg. Cupar A. I. 362.
To the baillie fie portar and vthir ordinar seruandis
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 148.
Ȝoure hienes … sersouris, semlaris … or vtheris … ordinar seruandis
(4) 1579 Dickinson Two Students at St. A. xxii.
[There should be] besydis the principall, foure ordiner professowris or regentis
1582 St. A. Kirk S. 488.
Quhill God provide ane ordinar pastour to this kirk
1586 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 476.
Dischargeing any persoun by the ordinare watche to be fund passand throw the streitts … after [etc.]
1587 Acts III. 449/2.
Lyoun King of armes and his brether the ordinar heraulds
1602 Glasgow Univ. Mun. III. 552.
Iconemus to the ordinar auditoris
1604 Acts Sederunt ii. 37.
The three ordiner clerkis be thair courses sall serve in the utter-hous
1607 Glasgow Prot. X. 134.
William Andersoun [etc.] … , ordinar lyneris of the said bruche
1616 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 142. 1621 Acts IV. 694/1. 1629 Justiciary Cases I. 121.
And thair eftir the ordiner minister of the parochinhad refuiset to proclame thair bandis
c1650 Spalding I. 35.
Gardit with his ordinar English gard
Ib. 151.
For Barron wes not ane ordiner minister then in Aberdeen bot preichit ones in the 20 dayes
1667 Lauder Jrnl. 181.
To the office of a ordinire advocate
1681 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 12 Oct.
Kirk beddall and ordinar bell man
(5) c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. head.
Lord Barnard Stewart … chamerlane ordinare to the … King of France
1540 Acts II. 360/1.
That all instrumentis … be … tane in the handis of the scribe and notar ordiner of the court or his deputtis
1561 Reg. Privy S. MS. XXX. 44 b.
Ane lettre … makand him ane of his hienes massour ordinar
1586 Cal. Sc. P. VIII. 351.
[The bearer, admiral] deput ordiner
1594 Conv. Burghs I. 446.
In absence of Dauid Forester thair commissioner ordiner
1600-1610 Melvill 278.
The Quein of Eingland … hir ambassator ordinar
(6) 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 394.
Becaus he wes intrat in ordiner the last moneth and nocht tane allowance, iij li.

d. Ordinar pure, those officially registered as parish poor and receiving regular relief from the parish funds; also, an individual of this group. 1574 Edinb. Kirk S. 15 Apr.
The kirk hes ressauit … James Foresyth as ordiner puir during his seiknes
1637 Sc. N. & Q. 1 Ser. XII. 45.
Thair was ane distribution maid out of the box to the ordiner poore of 48 s.
1643 Sc. Ant. XIII. 32. 1651 Alyth Par. Ch. 90. 1687 Cramond Kirk S. II. 3 July.
Thomas Cochran … was inrolled among the ordinar poore

e. Ordinar text, preaching, = Ordinar n.1 6 b. 1613 Cramond Ch. Aberdour .
Maister George Clark … to mak next, and maister Alexander Martein to add upon the ordinar text
1619 Sel. Biog. I. 80.
Mr. Patrick preached his ordinar preaching upon the twenty-eighth of Matthew

2. Regular or frequent in attendance; (of some action or its actor) common, frequent, habitual, not irregular or intermittent.(1) 1579 Acts III. 181/2.
A register of all the ordiner auditouris cummand to the lessone
1600-1610 Melvill 50.
Mr. Patrik Scharpe was his ordinar heirar and contubernall
1607 Elgin Rec. I. 229.
Albeit sometymes he hantit the kirk … yit he wes not an ordinair heirair
1626 Moray Synod 17. 1630 Ib. 27.(2) 1594 Acts IV. 73/1.
And to keip ordinar watching and warding
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. iv.
That so … they might reserue their dead friends extant to be ordinar accombents with them at their tables
1631 Bk. Carlaverock II. 49.
Where his thifts and stouthes wer most frequent and ordinar
1638 Henderson Serm. 25.
This is ane ordinar phrase in scripture
1641 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 140.
Ane ordinar murmurer and complainer contraire the proceidings of the Estaites
16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 222.
It is ordinar saying with the inhabitants, they can never be [etc.]
1676 Foulis Acc. Bk. lxiii.
Baptissed … be Maister Robert Lowrie, Bishop of Breechin and ane ordenair preacher in Edr.

3. Of the common or usual kind, not special or exceptional; everyday, commonplace, ordinary.(1) 1558-66 Buch. in Knox II. 467.
Some singular fruit, more then ordinare, is expected from him who hes some singular enduements, more then ordinar
a1599 Rollock Wks. I. 420.
The Lord dois all this be ordinar meinis and middis
1609 Garden Garden 47.
Thy grieu's more great nor's ordinar to men
1637 Baillie I. 13.
Your lordship's more then ordinar respect
(2) 1607 Edinb. Test. XLIII. 259 b.
I leive to my brother my ordinar claythis quhilk I weir ilk day
1621 Maxwell Mem. I. 326.
For beir, ordinar and extraordinar … ij s.
1625 Glasgow Burgesses 63.
Made burgess for the keeping of the twa ordinar knox
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 16.
Ane hundreth ordinar muskats of an boar
1649 Ib. 108.
Persones of mean … conditionne quho ar buried in the ordinar place of buriall
1654 Lamont Diary 79.
And before 1 Oct. … they [trees] were hygher than any ordinar man
1662 Crim. Trials III. 611.
Quhen we wilbe in the shap of crowes, we will be larger than ordinar crowes
1665 Lauder Jrnl. 68.
Fellows that carryes 2 buckets tied to an ordinair punchion gir
1681 Blackness Customs 49 b.
Three matts … ordinar writting peaper
1684 Bk. O. Edinb. C. IX. 145.
To put Mr. Carstaires in the ordinar irons

4. adv. In the ordinary way; regularly, habitually; commonly, ordinarily. 1586 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 659.
That, in the cheife burrowstounes, ther be teaching ordinar 4 tymes in the weik
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 365.
And ordinar at night What he had hard … He haunted to repeat
1641 Baillie I. 313.
The stop of trade here … hes made this people much poorer than ordinare

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