Definitions for ordinanceˈɔr dn əns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•di•nanceˈɔr dn əns(n.)
an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
a public injunction or regulation:
a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
an established rite or ceremony.
Origin of ordinance:
1275–1325; ME ordinaunce (< OF ordenance) < ML ōrdinantia, der. of L ōrdinant- (s. of ōrdināns), prp. of ōrdināre to arrange
an authoritative rule
a statute enacted by a city government
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
"the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
a local law or regulation.
a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.
Origin: From Middle English (ca. 1300), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) "decree, command", from Middle Latin ordinantia, from ordinans, the present participle of Latin ordinare "put in order" (whence ordain).