or·​di·​nand ˌȯr-də-ˈnand How to pronounce ordinand (audio)
: a candidate for ordination

Examples of ordinand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent Saturday morning, Jeff Chu, a writer and ordinand in the Reformed Church in America—a small Protestant denomination—pushed a green grocery cart through a Whole Foods in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Late Latin ordinandus, gerundive of ordinare to ordain

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ordinand was circa 1842

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“Ordinand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordinand. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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