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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: norma 'tool for checking straight lines and angles'

norm

noun
     
norm [countable]
1 the usual or normal situation, way of doing something etc
be/become the norm
Short term contracts are now the norm with some big companies.
Joyce's style of writing was a striking departure from the literary norm.
2

norms

[plural] generally accepted standards of social behaviour:
terrorists who violate the norms of civilized society
3

the norm

the normal or average standard
above/below the norm
28% of children tested below the norm.

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