1. higher than what is regular or common
the temperature was above the norm
'The norm' is a way of talking about what is 'normal' or 'average' in terms of performance or results. Something 'above the norm', therefore, is above average or exceeds normal levels of achievement: "His test results were above the norm, even as a child." "We are selling at 5% above the norm for this time of year." This is a term that can be used in social and professional contexts. Similar phrases include 'above average', and 'out of the ordinary.'