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

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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

All parties support the government’s stance in Brexit negotiations: an orderly U.K. exit that protects Ireland’s fundamental interests, including trade and a strong bilateral relationship. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 That raises more questions about the government’s ability to negotiate an orderly withdrawal. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Theresa May in Fight to Save Government Amid Brexit Rift," 9 July 2018 Immigration lawyers, activists and Democratic lawmakers said the government’s description of an orderly and organized process does not match reality. Mike Hixenbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Protests continue as Trump administration moves to reunite separated families," 24 June 2018 But the burgeoning Progressive movement sought to make casting ballots a peaceful and orderly experience unfettered by electioneering. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why Are There Laws That Restrict What People Can Wear to the Polls?," 15 June 2018 The adoring crowds were large, yet orderly and respectful. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Voices: The royal wedding is just what Brexit Britain needed. Thank Queen Elizabeth.," 20 May 2018 The council was designed to be smaller, more orderly and more accountable. The Economist, "America’s spat with the UN Human Rights Council," 21 June 2018 Keep things orderly with this Dopp kit, which has compartments for a toothbrush, shampoo, and contact lenses. Outside Online, "The Best Men’s Travel Kit of 2018," 15 May 2018 And so the orderly transitions of power went on, one after another, like a never-ending football game in which the parties eternally gain and lose yardage. Joseph Tartakovsky, WSJ, "The Culture That Sustains America’s Constitution," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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