• Order


    • RP IPA: /ˈɔːdə/
    • GenAm IPA: /ˈɔɹdɚ/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)də(ɹ)
    • Hyphenation: or + der

    Alternative forms


    From Middle English ordre, from Old French ordre, ordne, ordene ("order, rank"), from Latin ōrdinem, accusative of ōrdō ("row, rank, regular arrangement", literally row of threads in a loom), from Proto-Italic *ored(h)- ("to arrange"), of unknown origin. Related to Latin ōrdior ("begin", literally begin to weave).

    Full definition of order



    (countable and uncountable; plural orders)
    1. (uncountable) Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
    2. (uncountable) The state of being well arranged.The house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
    3. Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet.to preserve order in a community or an assembly
    4. (countable) A command.
      • 1907, w, The Dust of Conflict Chapter 30, It was by his order the shattered leading company flung itself into the houses when the Sin Verguenza were met by an enfilading volley as they reeled into the calle.
    5. (countable) A request for some product or service; a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods.
      • 2012-12-01, An internet of airborne things, A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer.
    6. (countable) A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
    7. (countable) A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
    8. (countable) A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.
    9. (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank.
      • 2013, Katie L. Burke, In the News, Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
    10. Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
    11. A number of things or persons arranged in a fixed or suitable place, or relative position; a rank; a row; a grade; especially, a rank or class in society; a distinct character, kind, or sort.the higher or lower orders of societytalent of a high order
      • Jeremy TaylorThey are in equal order to their several ends.
      • GranvilleVarious orders various ensigns bear.
      • Hawthorne... which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little short of crime.
    12. An ecclesiastical grade or rank, as of deacon, priest, or bishop; the office of the Christian ministry; often used in the plural.to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry
    13. (architecture) The disposition of a column and its component parts, and of the entablature resting upon it, in classical architecture; hence (as the column and entablature are the characteristic features of classical architecture) a style or manner of architectural designing.
    14. (cricket) The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
    15. (electronics) a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
      • a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter.
    16. (chemistry) The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
    17. (mathematics) The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
    18. (graph theory) The number of vertices in a graph.
    19. (order theory) A partially ordered set.
    20. (order theory) The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.
    21. (mathematics) The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.



    1. To set in some sort of order.
    2. To arrange, set in proper order.
    3. To issue a command to.to order troops to advance
    4. To request some product or service; to secure by placing an order.to order groceries
    5. To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
      • Book of Common Prayerpersons presented to be ordered deacons


    • (arrange into some sort of order) sort, rank


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