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orderly

adjective or·der·ly \ ˈȯr-dər-lē \

Definition of orderly

1 a (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

adverb

Examples of orderly in a Sentence

  1. an orderly arrangement of pictures

  2. She sorted the information into orderly categories.

  3. Outside the theater, an orderly line of people waited to buy tickets.

  4. an orderly crowd of protesters

  5. Please exit the building in an orderly fashion.

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First Known Use of orderly

1553


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orderly

noun

Definition of orderly

plural orderlies
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)

Recent Examples of orderly from the Web

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First Known Use of orderly

1781


ORDERLY Defined for English Language Learners

orderly

adjective

Definition of orderly for English Language Learners

  • : arranged or organized in a logical or regular way

  • : peaceful or well-behaved


orderly

noun

Definition of orderly for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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orderly

adjective or·der·ly \ ˈȯr-dər-lē \

Definition of orderly for Students

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

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orderly

noun

Definition of orderly for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

orderly

noun or·der·ly \ -lē \

medical Definition of orderly

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


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