orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē \

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

The Naked Man at first appears very orderly, but Wood overlaid the orderliness with random brushstrokes. Danny Wilcox Frazier, Smithsonian, "In Search of the Real Grant Wood," 21 Feb. 2018 That’s because residents of Mati had never participated in an evacuation drill and so were unprepared to flee in an orderly fashion. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 The accuser is going to have her time as well and that should be an orderly and appropriate process. Fox News, "Graham: Democrats are trying to destroy Kavanaugh's life," 17 Sep. 2018 The company said an orderly bankruptcy process has become the only viable option. Washington Post, "Q&A: A Weinstein Co. bankruptcy could complicate lawsuits," 26 Feb. 2018 Consistency is key, as traditional design seeks to create a calm, orderly space, so furnishings will match, symmetry is huge, and everything seems to just go together. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 But the traffic was orderly, almost calm, in the morning as commuters hurried to catch shuttle buses into the city. David Porter, Fox News, "NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts," 21 Aug. 2018 This September, at its General Assembly, the United Nations will consider a global agreement on migration that calls for safe, orderly, and regular migration, with the hope that it will be ratified by member states in December. Anne Fulenwider, Marie Claire, "United We Stand," 13 Aug. 2018 And when tension arises in a shop as orderly as Herrera, it is noted, like a stain on an otherwise impeccable white button-down. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 \

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 \
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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