orderly

1 of 2

adjective

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

orderly

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noun

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)

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Thanksgiving came early for at least 1,000 people at the San Diego Rescue Mission on Saturday afternoon, and a small army of staff members and volunteers turned the nonprofit into a frantic but orderly restaurant. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Musk and his team could have adhered to basic tenets of communications, human relations, and common decency while executing a swift but orderly reorganization of the company. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 This stackable organizer features an additional set of steel legs for extra height (just in case), with four removable dividers to keep your makeup rotation orderly. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 The early universe was chaotic and crowded, but the structure of the two galaxies appear calm and orderly, said Erica Nelson, assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who was a coauthor of the November study. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 And Attorney General Maura Healey had petitioned the state’s Department of Public Utilities to chart an orderly downsizing of natural gas, which some viewed as tantamount to calling for the death of the industry. Sabrina Shankman, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2022 Despite the tension, many voters described orderly experiences at the polls. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 For example, passengers place all of their bags in the bins, which transport the items in a tidy and orderly fashion, like widgets in a factory assembly line. Andrea Sachs, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Nov. 2022 And so all of that information needs to be tendered to the defense in an orderly and catalog way. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 1 Nov. 2022
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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of orderly was in 1553

Dictionary Entries Near orderly

Cite this Entry

“Orderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orderly. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

orderly 1 of 2

adjective

or·​der·​ly ˈȯrd-ər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio)
1
a
: arranged in some order or pattern
orderly rows of houses
b
: tidy entry 1 sense 1
kept my desk orderly
c
: regulated by law or system
an orderly universe
d
: methodical sense 2
an orderly thinker
2
: well behaved
an orderly crowd
orderliness noun
orderly adverb

orderly

2 of 2

noun

plural orderlies
1
: a soldier who carries messages and performs services for an officer
2
: a person who waits on others, cleans, and does general work in a hospital

Medical Definition

orderly

noun

or·​der·​ly -lē How to pronounce orderly (audio)
plural orderlies
: a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (as carrying supplies or moving patients)

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