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

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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 Processing at many of the transit sites appears to be taking place largely in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2021 Processing at many of the transit sites largely appears to be taking place in a peaceful and orderly fashion. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Processing at many of the transit sites largely appears to be taking place in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Ellen Knickmeyer, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Immediately, an orderly stream of vehicles headed into the city as the repopulation process got underway. CBS News, 6 Sep. 2021 Hotard, the parish president, lamented that the storm's unexpected trajectory and duration of time over the parish prevented an orderly and safe evacuation. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Whatever plans the Biden administration had for an orderly evacuation unraveled when Kabul fell in a matter of days, setting off a frenzied, last-minute global mobilization. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 The left side of your brain is far more analytical and orderly than the right, which is creative, free-thinking and visionary. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 An orderly procession of tanks moved north across the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Amu Darya river, between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan—then a Soviet republic. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first person in the county to get vaccinated was an elderly orderly in the hospital’s emergency department, based on his front-line job and age. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 1 Jan. 2021 Black workers are also overrepresented in high-contact essential services, making up 33% of nursing assistants and 39% of hospital orderlies. Jeff Green, Bloomberg.com, 7 May 2020 And now, so do UPS drivers, and postal workers, and agricultural field hands, and hospital orderlies, and a whole range of people whose jobs require them to continue to work with others despite the dangers and lockdowns. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2020 The ships can each accommodate up to 1,3000 doctors, nurses, orderlies and ship’s crew, with medical personnel assigned from existing naval hospitals and medical facilities ashore. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 Mar. 2020 Just as the medical system depends on the lowest paid of the health workers—the orderlies and custodians—the food system, now that restaurants have been limited to takeout and delivery, depends on a whole cadre of men pedalling bicycles. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2020 The doctors—and nurses, orderlies, pharmacists, administrative staff, and others—are also trying to understand how the disease works and what distinguishes it from other illnesses with similar symptoms. Erik Sherman, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2020 The trio are some combination of orderlies and couriers, riding motorcycles through lethal terrain—marked with stakes to show where the bombs lie—to ferry patients or secure supplies. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 29 Jan. 2020 Most direct patient care at UTH is provided not by nurses or orderlies, but family members. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, 30 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of orderly was in 1553

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“Orderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orderly. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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