What does Order mean?

Definitions for Order
ˈɔr dəror·der

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Order.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordernoun

    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

    "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"

  2. order, order of magnitudenoun

    a degree in a continuum of size or quantity

    "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"

  3. ordernoun

    established customary state (especially of society)

    "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"

  4. ordering, order, ordinationnoun

    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

    "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"

  5. orderliness, ordernoun

    a condition of regular or proper arrangement

    "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"

  6. decree, edict, fiat, order, rescriptnoun

    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

    "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

  7. order, purchase ordernoun

    a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities

    "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"

  8. club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, ordernoun

    a formal association of people with similar interests

    "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"

  9. order, rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedurenoun

    a body of rules followed by an assembly

  10. Holy Order, Ordernoun

    (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy

    "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"

  11. order, monastic ordernoun

    a group of person living under a religious rule

    "the order of Saint Benedict"

  12. ordernoun

    (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

  13. ordernoun

    a request for something to be made, supplied, or served

    "I gave the waiter my order"; "the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"

  14. ordernoun

    (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans

  15. order, orderingverb

    the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

    "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"

  16. order, tell, enjoin, sayverb

    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

    "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"

  17. orderverb

    make a request for something

    "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"

  18. order, prescribe, dictateverb

    issue commands or orders for

  19. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, governverb

    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

    "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

  20. orderverb

    bring order to or into

    "Order these files"

  21. orderverb

    place in a certain order

    "order the photos chronologically"

  22. ordain, consecrate, ordinate, orderverb

    appoint to a clerical posts

    "he was ordained in the Church"

  23. arrange, set up, put, orderverb

    arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

    "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"

  24. rate, rank, range, order, grade, placeverb

    assign a rank or rating to

    "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"


  1. ordernoun

    Arrangement, disposition, sequence.

  2. ordernoun

    The state of being well arranged.

  3. ordernoun

    A command.

  4. ordernoun

    A request for some product or service.

  5. ordernoun

    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.

  6. ordernoun

    A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.

  7. ordernoun

    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.

  8. ordernoun

    A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank

    Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.

  9. ordernoun

    The sequence in which a side's batsmen bat; the batting order.

  10. orderverb

    To set in some sort of order.

  11. orderverb

    To arrange, set in proper order.

  12. orderverb

    To issue a command.

  13. orderverb

    To request some product or service.

  14. ordernoun

    a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit's block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.

  15. ordernoun

    The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.

  16. ordernoun

    The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.

  17. ordernoun

    The number of vertices in a graph

  18. ordernoun

    A partially ordered set.

  19. ordernoun

    The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.

  20. ordernoun

    The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.

  21. Etymology: From ordre, from ordre, ordne, ordene, from ordinem, accusative of ordo, from ored(h)-, of unknown origin. Related to ordior.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ordernoun

    Etymology: ordo, Lat. ordre, Fr.

    To know the true state of Solomon’s house, I will keep this order; I will set forth the end of our foundation, the instruments for our works, the several employments assigned, and the ordinances we observe. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    As St. Paul was full of the doctrine of the gospel; so it lay all clear and in order, open to his view. John Locke.

    The moderator, when either of the disputants breaks the rules, may interpose to keep them to order. Isaac Watts.

    Any of the faculties wanting, or out of order, produce suitable defects in mens understandings. John Locke.

    This order with her sorrow she accords,
    Which orderless all form of order brake. Daniel.

    Give order to my servants, that they take
    No note of our being absent. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Ven.

    If the lords of the council issued out any order against them, or if the king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses, presently some nobleman deputed by the tables published a protestation against those orders and proclamations. Edward Hyde.

    Upon this new fright, an order was made by both houses for disarming all the papists in England; upon which, and the like orders, though seldom any thing was after done, yet it served to keep up the apprehensions in the people, of dangers and designs, and to disincline them from any reverence or affection to the queen. Edward Hyde.

    I have received an order under your hand for a thousand pounds in words at length. Tatler, №. 60.

    The church hath authority to establish that for an order at one time, which at another time it may abolish, and in both do well. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 8.

    The night, their number, and the sudden act
    Would dash all order, and protect their fact. Daniel.

    The several chairs of order look you scour,
    With juice of balm and ev’ry precious flow’r. William Shakespeare.

    Princes many times make themselves desires, and set their hearts upon toys; sometimes upon a building; sometimes upon erecting of an order. Francis Bacon.

    She left immortal trophies of her fame,
    And to the noblest order gave the name. Dryden.

    By shining marks, distinguish’d they appear,
    And various orders various ensigns bear. George Granville.

    The king commanded the high priest and the priests of the second order, to bring forth out of the temple all the vessels. 2 Kings xxiii. 4.

    Th’ Almighty seeing,
    From his transcendent seat the saints among,
    To those bright orders utter’d thus his voice. John Milton.

    Find a bare foot brother out,
    One of our order to associate me,
    Here visiting the sick. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    If the faults of men in orders are only to be judged among themselves, they are all in some sort parties. Dryden.

    Having in his youth made a good progress in learning, that he might dedicate himself more intirely to religion he entered into holy orders, and in a few years became renowned for his sanctity of life. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 164.

    Virgins must remember, that the virginity of the body is only excellent in order to the purity of the soul; for in the same degree that virgins live more spiritually than other persons, in the same degree is their virginity a more excellent state. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    We should behave reverently towards the Divine Majesty, and justly towards men; and in order to the better discharge of these duties, we should govern ourselves in the use of sensual delights, with temperance. John Tillotson, Serm. 6.

    The best knowledge is that which is of greatest use in order to our eternal happiness. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.

    What we see is in order only to what we do not see; and both these states must be joined together. Francis Atterbury.

    One man pursues power in order to wealth, and another wealth in order to power, which last is the safer way, and generally followed. Jonathan Swift, Exam. №. 27.

    It were meet you should take some order for the soldiers, which are now first to be discharged and disposed of some way; which may otherwise grow to as great inconvenience as all this that you have quit us from. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Provide me soldiers,
    Whilst I take order for mine own affairs. William Shakespeare.

    The money promised unto the king, he took no order for, albeit Sostratus required it. 2 Mac. iv. 27.

    If any of the family be distressed, order is taken for their relief and competent means to live. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Orderverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    To him that ordereth his conversation aright, will I shew the salvation of God. Ps. l. 23.

    As the sun when it ariseth in the heaven, so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house. Ecclus xxvi. 16.

    Thou hast ordered all in measure, number, and weight. Wisd. xi. 20.

    Bias being asked how a man should order his life? answered, as if a man should live long, or die quickly. Francis Bacon.

    The kitchin clerk that hight digestion,
    Did order all the cates in seemly wise. Fairy Queen.

    These were the orderings of them in their service, to come into the house of the Lord. 1 Chron. xxiv. 19.

    The book requireth due examination, and giveth liberty to object any crime against such as are to be ordered. John Whitgift.


  1. order

    Order refers to the arrangement or sequence of objects, items, or things in a particular pattern or method. It could indicate a state of organization or tidiness, a command given by someone in authority, or a category of classification or ranking. In mathematics, it refers to the size or magnitude of a set or group. It can also mean a group within a society, such as in religious or chivalric orders. The term is versatile and has wide usage depending on the context.


  1. Order

    In scientific classification used in biology, the order is ⁕a taxonomic rank used in the classification of organisms. Other well-known ranks are life, domain, kingdom, phylum, class, family, genus, and species, with order fitting in between class and family. An immediately higher rank, superorder, may be added directly above order, while suborder would be a lower rank. ⁕a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is orders. What does and does not belong to each order is determined by a taxonomist. Similarly for the question if a particular order should be recognized at all. Often there is no exact agreement, with different taxonomists each taking a different position. There are no hard rules that a taxonomist needs to follow in describing or recognizing an order. Some taxa are accepted almost universally, while others are recognised only rarely. For some groups of organisms, consistent suffixes are used to denote that the rank is an order. The Latin suffix -formes meaning "having the form of" is used for the scientific name of orders of birds and fishes, but not for those of mammals and invertebrates. The suffix -ales is for the name of orders of vascular plants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Order

    or′dėr, n. regular arrangement, method: degree, rank, or position: rule, regular system or government: command: a class, a society of persons of the same profession, &c.: a religious fraternity: a dignity conferred by a sovereign, &c., giving membership in a body, after the medieval orders of knighthood, also the distinctive insignia thereof: social rank generally: a number of genera having many important points in common: a commission to supply, purchase, or sell something: (archit.) one of the different ways in which the column, with its various parts and its entablature, are moulded and related to each other: due action towards some end, esp. in old phrase 'to take order:' the sacerdotal or clerical function: (pl.) the several degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.—v.t. to arrange: to conduct: to command.—v.i. to give command.—ns. Or′der-book, a book for entering the orders of customers, the special orders of a commanding officer, or, the motions to be put to the House of Commons; Or′derer; Or′dering, arrangement: management: the act or ceremony of ordaining, as priests or deacons.—adj. Or′derless, without order: disorderly.—n. Or′derliness.—adj. Or′derly, in good order: regular: well regulated: of good behaviour: quiet: being on duty.—adv. regularly: methodically.—n. a non-commissioned officer who carries official messages for his superior officer, formerly the first sergeant of a company.—adj. Or′dinate, in order: regular.—n. the distance of a point in a curve from a straight line, measured along another straight line at right angles to it—the distance of the point from the other of the two lines is called the abscissa, and the two lines are the axes of co-ordinates.—adv. Or′dinately.—Order-in-Council, a sovereign order given with advice of the Privy Council; Order-of-battle, the arrangement of troops or ships at the beginning of a battle; Order-of-the-day, in a legislative assembly, the business set down to be considered on any particular day: any duty assigned for a particular day.—Close order, the usual formation for soldiers in line or column, the ranks 16 inches apart, or for vessels two cables'-length (1440 ft.) apart—opp. to Extended order; Full orders, the priestly order; Minor orders, those of acolyte, exorcist, reader, and doorkeeper; Open order, a formation in which ships are four cables'-length (2880 ft.) apart; Sailing orders, written instructions given to the commander of a vessel before sailing; Sealed orders, such instructions as the foregoing, not to be opened until a certain specified time; Standing orders or rules, regulations for procedure adopted by a legislative assembly.—In order, and Out of order, in accordance with regular and established usage of procedure, in subject or way of presenting it before a legislative assembly, &c., or the opposite; In order to, for the end that; Take order (Shak.), to take measures. [Fr. ordre—L. ordo, -inis.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. order

    A communication, written, oral, or by signal, which conveys instructions from a superior to a subordinate. (DOD only) In a broad sense, the terms

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. order

    This term, considered in its relation to the army, embraces divers subjects. It gives an idea of harmony in the accomplishment of duties; a classification of corps or men; injunctions emanating from authority; measures which regulate service, and many tactical details. In tactics, the natural order is when troops coming upon ordinary ground are ranged in line of battle by the prescribed tactical means, and when they are formed in column, right in front. The oblique order is contradistinguished from the parallel, and in general means every tactical combination, the aim of which is to produce an effect upon two points of an enemy’s line by bringing a superior force to bear down on these two points. Such combinations constitute the oblique order, whatever manœuvres may be used to accomplish the object. The parallel order operates, on the contrary, against the whole front of an enemy. Turenne and Condé fought habitually in parallel order, although they sometimes made a skillful use of oblique attacks. Guibert well says that a contiguous and regular parallel order can be of no use in war.

Editors Contribution

  1. order

    To create a logical, perfect step-by-step process or structure.

    They analyzed the system and put it in a different order.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

  2. order

    To create a request to purchase.

    They did order food at the restaurant.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  


  1. Order

    one of the primary divisions of the Class Insecta, based largely on wing structure and then usually ending in -ptera.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Order' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #461

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Order' in Written Corpus Frequency: #745

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Order' in Nouns Frequency: #121

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Order' in Verbs Frequency: #280

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Order in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Order in a Sentence

  1. Chinese Proverb:

    If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.

  2. Jeff Sessions:

    We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order, we won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.

  3. Donald Trump:

    The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with, this new order was tailored to the dictates of the 9th Circuit's -- in my opinion -- flawed ruling.

  4. Tamlynn Yoder:

    We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car, it’s a lot of work, just as much as serving.

  5. Aristotle:

    Law is order, and good law is good order.

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Translations for Order

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  • أمر, طَلَب, رتب, ترتيب, وسام, طلبArabic
  • тәртип, бойороҡBashkir
  • о́рдэн, пара́дакBelarusian
  • редBulgarian
  • ordre, orde, comandaCatalan, Valencian
  • pořadí, řád, pořádek, uspořádaná množina, rozkaz, uspořádání, uspořádat, objednávka, rozkázat, objednat, povelCzech
  • urddWelsh
  • ordreDanish
  • Order, Befehl, ordnen, anordnen, Orden, Ordnung, Bestellung, befehlen, Ordo, Ordnungszahl, bestellen, ordern, ReihenfolgeGerman
  • σειρά, παραγγελία, τάγμα, τάξι, διαταγή, παραγγέλνωGreek
  • ordeno, aranĝi, mendi, ordono, mendo, ordigi, ordoniEsperanto
  • orden, mandato, arreglar, ordenar, mandar, pedir, pedidoSpanish
  • korraldus, korrastama, järjestama, käskima, tellima, tellimus, orduEstonian
  • menBasque
  • چیدمان, فرمان, سفارش دادن, اُرد, دستور, فرمودن, سفارش, اردرPersian
  • tilaus, veljeskunta, käskeä, ritarikunta, kunniamerkki, lahko, lyöntijärjestys, aste, järjestys, käsky, komento, järjestää, määrätä, tilataFinnish
  • ordre, ranger, commander, relation d'ordre, degré, commandeFrench
  • skiftWestern Frisian
  • ordaigh, bailIrish
  • òrdugh, òrdaichScottish Gaelic
  • ordeGalician
  • סֵדֶרHebrew
  • मंगानाHindi
  • rend, rendelés, rendel, rendezés, parancs, rendez, elrendelHungarian
  • հրաման, կարգ, պատվեր, շքանշանArmenian
  • ordine, ordinarInterlingua
  • aturan, perintah, ordo, memerintah, pesanan, mengatur, memesanIndonesian
  • ordinoIdo
  • ættbálkur, panta, röð, pöntunIcelandic
  • ordine, comando, ordinare, ordinazioneItalian
  • 注文, 勲章, 命じる, 打順, 次, 位数, 順序, 秩序, 命令, 目Japanese
  • លំដាប់Khmer
  • 秩序, 주문, 注文, 질서, 명령, 命令, 훈장, 勳章Korean
  • ēdictum, iubēre, ordinemLatin
  • Uerder, bestellenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pavēle, pavēlētLatvian
  • ōta, raupapa, whakaraupapa, whakahau, tonoMāori
  • редMacedonian
  • ഉത്തരവ്, ആജ്ഞ, കൽപനMalayalam
  • မှာBurmese
  • befale, beordreNorwegian
  • order, ordenen, orde, bevelen, verordonneren, bevel, bestelling, bestellen, volgordeDutch
  • beordre, befaleNorwegian Nynorsk
  • orden, ordre, bestille, ordning, ordneNorwegian
  • ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶOriya
  • porządek, zakon, rozkaz, zamówienie, rządPolish
  • encomenda, pedido, ordenar, ordem, pedir, encomendarPortuguese
  • urdenRomansh
  • poruncă, ordin, rânduială, ordine, comandăRomanian
  • поря́док, о́рдер, упорядочить, выстраивать, о́рден, отря́д, [[приводить]] [[в]] [[порядок]], заказать, [[привести]] [[в]] [[порядок]], заказывать, прика́з, зака́з, упорядочивать, сте́пень, выстроить, приказывать, приказатьRussian
  • आज्ञाSanskrit
  • поредак, poredakSerbo-Croatian
  • poriadok, objednávkaSlovak
  • ukazati, ureditev, red, naročilo, naročiti, ukazSlovene
  • befallning, order, beställning, beställa, ordna, ordning, ge order, orden, lägga en order, följdSwedish
  • odaSwahili
  • క్రమ పద్ధతి, ఆదేశము, వరుస, అమరిక, క్రమము, అమర్చు, ఆదేశించుTelugu
  • emir, sipariş, düzen, takım, dereceTurkish
  • о́рден, поря́док, порядокUkrainian
  • تنظیم, منگانا, طلب کرنا, ترتیب, منظم, حکمUrdu
  • gọi mónVietnamese
  • khuza, biza, odaZulu

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