orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : arranged or disposed in some order or pattern : regular orderly rows of houses
(2) : marked by order : tidy keeps an orderly desk
b : governed by law : regulated an orderly universe
c : methodical an orderly mind
2 : well behaved : peaceful an orderly crowd

orderly

noun
plural orderlies

Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier assigned to perform various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer
2 : a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (such as cleaning, carrying supplies, or moving patients)

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Other Words from orderly

Adjective

orderly adverb

Examples of orderly in a Sentence

Adjective

an orderly arrangement of pictures She sorted the information into orderly categories. Outside the theater, an orderly line of people waited to buy tickets. an orderly crowd of protesters Please exit the building in an orderly fashion.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some left under a cloud of scandal or were fired while others exited in a more orderly fashion. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "How Six CEOs Were Paid on the Way Out," 17 May 2019 Audebert, and Conor McDonald stood out as his orderly, the irrepressible Ponchel, who, of course, gets killed. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "The Glimmerglass Festival and ‘A Quiet Place’ Reviews," 13 Aug. 2018 An orderly policy process is also a president’s best protection against nasty surprises. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump Isn’t as Good as His Word," 24 Dec. 2018 But for an exoplanet with a moon, the brightness dips don’t seem to follow an orderly scheme. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Astronomers may have discovered the first moon ever found outside our Solar System," 3 Oct. 2018 Now comes the time to convert a loose, messy pile of wood into an orderly stack—a satisfying transformation that appeals to the builder in me. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Stack Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Officers began an orderly evacuation of the huge complex, which took about an hour. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Fight at Ontario Mills mall sparks panic and leads to evacuation," 8 July 2018 To raise revenue for the new nation and promote orderly migration and settlement, Congress passed land ordinances in 1784, 1785 and 1789 — which were quickly undermined by a flood of unlawful settlers unwilling or unable to pay for the land. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 The free-for-all chaos forces wealthy criminals hurt in the action to seek treatment and shelter at the Hotel Artemis, a crumbling, high-security med club run by a cynical nurse (Jodie Foster) and her towering orderly (Dave Bautista). Monica Castillo, kansascity, "High-profile cast makes ‘Hotel Artemis’ worth checking out," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So the women of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital line the hallway with female faces—doctors, nurses, orderlies, administrative staff—and physically block male staff from entering space. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Everyone Should Watch Grey's Anatomy's Powerful Message About Consent," 29 Mar. 2019 Two orderlies enter the house and start pulling Betty out…to Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 Sawyer comes to believe that one of the hospital orderlies, George (Joshua Leonard), is in fact David Striner, the creepy lovelorn stalker who caused her to flee from Boston. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Unsane’ is a deft, disturbing piece of work — shot on an iPhone," 21 Mar. 2018 For the next week, she'll be surrounded by orderlies and other patients, either numbed out on drug cocktails or violently unstable. refinery29.com, "Unsane Has Things To Say About Gaslighting — But Not Enough," 20 Mar. 2018 Other times, patients had to wait while orderlies roamed the halls looking for the gurneys or wheelchairs needed to get things rolling. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chula Vista hospital cuts the wait for its patients," 19 Mar. 2018 Some were made for families back home, others to be sold and a few by orderlies as gifts for their commanding officers. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Wartime Quilts Honor Battles and Leaders, but Mostly Art," 25 Oct. 2017 There’s a shot of a man buried in emerald-green shrubbery, then a shot of dark-green ivy on a hospital wall; a horror-film flash of a Hitler-like mask mimics the mod black-and-white outfits worn by the orderlies. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Absorbing Nightmare of “Legion”," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of orderly

Adjective

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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orderly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged or organized in a logical or regular way
: peaceful or well-behaved

orderly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who works in a hospital and does various jobs (such as moving patients or cleaning)
: a soldier who performs various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer

orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a neat arrangement : tidy an orderly room
2 : obeying commands or rules : well-behaved an orderly meeting orderly children

orderly

noun
plural orderlies

Kids Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier who works for an officer especially to carry messages
2 : a person who does cleaning and general work in a hospital

orderly

noun
or·​der·​ly | \ -lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \
plural orderlies

Medical Definition of orderly

: a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (as carrying supplies or moving patients)

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