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Paul Brewster   Link to this

From the OED:
An eating-house or tavern where public meals are provided at a fixed price; a dining room in such a building.
In the 17th century, the more expensive ordinaries were frequented by men of fashion, and the dinner was usually followed by gambling; hence the term was often used as synonymous with

Stuart Mitchell   Link to this

An Ordinary was also a meal, usually a lunchtime meal, that was available in pubs. This is the sense that it has when Pepys says, "I went to an Ordinary at the King

Bill   Link to this

An Ordinary, an eating or victualing house, where persons may eat at so much per meal.
---Dictionarium Britannicum Or a More Compleat Universal Etymological English. N. Bailey, 1736

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