ordonnance

noun

or·​don·​nance ˌȯr-də-ˈnäⁿs How to pronounce ordonnance (audio)
: disposition of the parts (as of a literary composition) with regard to one another and the whole : arrangement

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Example Sentences

the novel's intricate ordonnance might not be apparent to the casual reader

Word History

Etymology

French, alteration of Middle French ordenance ordinance

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ordonnance was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Ordonnance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordonnance. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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